SUBJECT: Woman Struck by Train at Howell Railroad Yard
RELEASE NUMBER: 2017-NR-074
CONTACT: Lieutenant Noah Robinson
AUTHORITY: Sheriff Dave Wedding
On Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 10:24 am the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office and Perry Township Fire Department responded to the Howell Railroad Yard in southwestern Vanderburgh County in reference to pedestrian struck by a train.
On-scene investigation revealed that a 47-year-old white female had been walking south on a set of tracks within the rail yard when she was struck from behind by a southbound CSX train. The train was travelling at low speed prior to striking the female. The female fell between the tracks and was trapped under a locomotive engine. The crew on board the train indicated the horn had been sounded several times prior to the collision, but the female did not react to the warning.
Perry Township Fire Department personnel worked for nearly 50 minutes to safely extricate the patient from under the train. Once freed, an AMR ambulance transported her to Deaconess Mid-Town Hospital. Medical personnel on scene reported that the pedestrian suffered severe leg injuries and head lacerations.
The incident remains under investigation.