By: Laura-Jane Hatcher
**Updated December 11, 2012 11:05pm:
A woman is in stable condition after she was struck by a train in Rome Tuesday afternoon.
At 4:30pm, Rome City Police officer John Giles says the victim bypassed the blinking warning signals and crossing arms at the intersection of East 2nd Avenue and Maple St. to walk straight into a moving train. The Norfolk Southern locomotive was moving at 37mph when it struck the woman on her left leg, causing her to fall and sustain an injury to her head. She was transported to Floyd Medical Center for treatment of her injuries.
An investigation into the incident revealed no obvious motive for the woman’s actions, though Officer Giles did say she was clearly in the wrong, failing to yield to the train. Despite this, Norfolk Southern has reportedly volunteered to pay for her medical bills.
The victim was not seriously injured. She sustained a cut to the head, and a laceration to the leg. Traffic on East 2nd Avenue was effectively backed up for more than an hour as police and Norfolk Southern officials investigated the incident.
A female victim has been struck in Rome by a train.
Police officials on the scene say she walked into the train at the Maple St. and East 2nd Avenue crossing. Her injuries are reportedly not life-threatening and she was taken to the Floyd Medical Center for treatment.
The train remains stalled as police continue to investigate the incident. The crossing at east 2nd avenue and the crossing on Maple st. remain closed. Police are unsure of when the crossings will open, and people are advised to find an alternate route.