Police: Woman hurt in incident involving stopped train


PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Portsmouth police say they’re investigating an incident involving a woman and a stopped train. 

Officers blocked off High Street and Virginia Avenue for hours on Tuesday as they investigated.

The say a 911 call came in around 4:30 Tuesday afternoon about an accident involving a woman and a stopped train.

Neighbors working nearby that didn’t want to be identified got a glimpse of what happened.

“As I was cutting the grass, I seen her when she slipped, but I didn’t know that the train had got her. So I heard her crying for help and I ran over there to check up on her and saw that her foot was messed up,” said the witness. 

The man says he did what he could until police and medics arrived.

“I tried to console her til some help came,” he said.

Police say the woman was taken to a local hospital, and that her injuries to her lower body do not appear to be life-threatening. 

Witnesses believe the woman tried to jump the train, and was hurt in the process.

They say trains stop at this intersection for long periods of time, quite often.

They worry someone will eventually get killed.

“I see kids hopping over, hopping over, hopping over,” said a witness.

Workers on scene were wearing CSX vests and vests with Norfolk and Portsmouth Belt Line Railroad on them.

10 On Your Side did reach out to both companies about the incident, and to see how often trains are stopped there. We’re working to get a response.

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