Woman hit by SkyTrain in New Westminster, witness says; police investigation

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VANCOUVER – Police are investigating an incident at Columbia SkyTrain station in New Westminster that a witness said involved a woman hit by a train on Thursday evening. TransLink initially described the situation as a “medical emergency” in a tweet shortly after 6:20 p.m. and in a press release shortly before the 7th.

The transit company said Expo Line trains stop and turn around at New Westminster, Braid and Scott Road stations, and that a bus bridge has been put in place to help passengers to move between the three stations.

Mike Tumu was on the platform at the time of the incident. He told CTV News Vancouver that two people who appeared to be intoxicated were arguing.

The woman was hitting the man, who was blocking his punches in self-defense, Tumu said. He said the woman tried to hit the man as a train was approaching the station, but tripped and fell on the tracks.

Tumu said it didn’t look like the woman had been pushed. The man remained on the platform, apparently in shock, the witness said.

“Everyone was shocked,” Tumu said. “People were screaming, people were crying. We all thought she was dead. Fortunately, she is not. ”

He said he saw the victim being taken on a stretcher while waiting to speak to police about the incident.

“By some magical miracle, she’s on a stretcher and her arms are moving,” Tumu said.

Reached by phone, Metro Vancouver Transit Police asked questions of the New Westminster Police Department, which the Transportation Police said is leading the investigation.

A spokesperson for the NWPD described the situation only as “a police incident” and said more information would be provided in the morning. He said he expected the station to be closed for three or four hours while police investigate.

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