First responders free woman pinned beneath train in downtown Columbus

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — A woman pinned beneath a train in downtown Columbus has been freed and is now at the hospital, officials say.

Rescue crews were dispatched to the railroad tracks near the intersection of West Rich and Starling streets around 5:07pm Saturday. According to Batallion Chief Steve Martin with the Columbus Division of Fire, a woman was hit by a train and dragged along the tracks where she became pinned. 

Martin said rescuers were able to free her just after 6pm. She was taken to Grant Medical Center where she underwent emergency surgery. She remains in stable but critical condition and is expected to survive her injuries.

It is unknown how the woman ended up getting hit by the train. Officials said there is a surprisingly high level of pedestrian foot traffic on the railroad tracks in the area. 

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