Woman struck by train, suffers possible broken ankle

Lucky to be alive, say police
Nov. 12, 2013 @ 04:08 PM

UPDATE: Thomasville police have identified the victim as Tilwanna Sherri Moss, 42, of 306-C James Ave. in Thomasville. She is  being treated at High Point Regional UNC Health Care for a fractured leg. 

Story posted earlier:

A woman is lucky to be alive after she was struck by an Amtrack train at Turner and E. Main streets, say Thomasville police.

The woman, 42, was injured at 1:16 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 and found conscious and alert sitting in the roadway.

 “It appears the train barely brushed her as she was trying to make it across,” said Sgt. Brad Saintsing. 

Davidson County EMS transported the victim to High Point Regional UNC Health Care. The name is not being released until notofication of next of kin.

NC Amtrak #74 train was traveling at about 79 mph as it passed through the intersection. The train was traveling to Raleigh from Charlotte with 29 passengers. No other injuries were reported.

Witnesses described seeing the woman attempting to cross the railroad crossing even though the light signals were flashing and the gates were lowered.

Police remind the public to never try to outrun a train, or go around a closed railroad gate. 

"People misjudge a train’s distance and speed," Saintsing added.

"This is not surprising, since their large size makes trains appear at a distance to be traveling slower than they are, police added. The parallel tracks also make an approaching train look farther away than it is. It all adds up to an increased risk-taking by drivers and pedestrians."

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