Woman Hit By Train Near Frame Park

The train vs. pedestrian accident in Waukesha on Monday sent a woman to the hospital.

Flight For Life leaves the scene of a train vs. pedestrian accident in Waukesha. Credit: Sarah Millard.
Flight For Life leaves the scene of a train vs. pedestrian accident in Waukesha. Credit: Sarah Millard.
Updated 5:40 p.m. Monday with information from WISN 12 News.

A 40-year-old woman was hit by a train about 12:30 p.m. Monday at White Rock Avenue and has been transported to Froedtert Hospital with life threatening injuries, according to Waukesha Police Lt. Ty Hoffman.

The woman was treated on scene by Waukesha paramedics before being transported via Flight For Life. Her shoes could be seen lying in the roadway near the tracks.

The crossing arms were down at the time of the accident. Traffic resumed normal patterns about 1:45 p.m.

WISN 12 News spoke with a witness who described the woman as frequent walker in Frame Park. The woman walks with a limp and the witness believes she may not have been able to walk away from the train in time, the TV station is reporting.

"We heard the squealing of the train brakes, and we were wondering what had occurred at that point, and that moment we drove up here, and unfortunately saw the lady on the ground," Waukesha Parks Department employee John Sorenson told WISN 12 News.

Monday's accident was the second train vs. pedestrian accident in under two weeks in Waukesha. A 56-year-old man received non-life threatening injuries after being hit by the train near Arcadian Avenue on July 23.

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Carl Spackler August 05, 2013 at 04:20 PM
It makes ,e wonder if these people were engaged in texting or some other on line activity that caused them to be completely unaware of the danger.
J.S. August 05, 2013 at 05:09 PM
The gates were down, I can assume the bells were ringing... So.... Was this woman blind and deaf, or on something?
Carl Spackler August 05, 2013 at 06:12 PM
Or stupid, and I do not mean that in a condescending way to person's who have brain chemistry disorders. Too many people not paying attention. But, that is why there is the Darwin Awards! Texting....for people who don't have a life!
Louise August 05, 2013 at 09:10 PM
Very curious about how these incidents happened exactly. Did they trip on something there and couldn't get up in time? Both were individuals with limps so it makes me wonder if there is something that is a danger to them there that needs fixing. Praying for both of these people.
Don Broetzmann August 05, 2013 at 09:16 PM
She's actually my cousin. She walks with a limp do to an injury caused during a car accident when she was 15. She's not deaf, blind nor "stupid." No details about what she was doing at the time have been released as her short term memory has been affected.
Sarresa Hrenak August 05, 2013 at 09:17 PM
Agreed..One does not just get hit by a moving train while walking down the sidewalk on accident..Even if they were texting or using the internet on their phones--How does one not hear a freaking train? Ok..Say even if they were wearing ear buds and on their phone--How does one not feel the rumble beneath their feet? I've stood next to a moving train, and the vibrations run through your whole body..The whole situation is just utterly ridiculous..
Louise August 05, 2013 at 09:24 PM
Don, I hope your cousin recovers :(
mary August 05, 2013 at 09:39 PM
Don, I am so sorry for your cousins accident. I work near the scene of the accident and have seen her walking the park for many years. I also think some of these comments were very insensitive. Thoughts and prayers for her and your family.
J.S. August 06, 2013 at 08:16 AM
As a person with physical limitations, including a limp, I know darn well that I have to be especially careful. There is no way I would cross a set of train tracks without making sure I looked and listened very carefully in both directions. Trains do not come flying through at high speeds at that intersection, and the gates come down with plenty of warning. Something just doesn't add up here.....
Matt Gamble August 06, 2013 at 10:11 AM
@Louise, I have nothing but love for you but PLEAAAASSSEEE? There is nothing WE need to fix here. Considering thousands of people walk by these tracks every year!!! If you can't move quickly, don't walk across LONG sections of train tracks. If you can't walk properly walking on stones is not a good idea. Can ANYONE take personal responsibility for thier own actions anymore? This is not OUR problem to fix! This is the persons problem to fix. Next thing you know walls will come up in front of trains because someone drove into it. Please, Darwin did have somewhat of a point when it comes to selection.
B. Guenther August 06, 2013 at 10:12 AM
Hmmm...Woman hit by train on Lawnsdale last year now two more in the past week or so. I don't care what anyone says, if I can hear the train passing across Glendale at 3am from my home on Big Bend then they definitely new it was there from walking near the tracks.
Louise August 06, 2013 at 10:17 AM
Matt, I simply meant is there something that people are tripping on or something of that nature. It could have been that she fell before the train was coming and couldn't get up. We don't know.
B. Guenther August 06, 2013 at 10:19 AM
@mary, Insensitive? For telling the truth? You are one of those people that believes little Johnny deserves a trophy just for participating aren't you? Life happens. My father walked for years with a limp and was never hit by a train. Why? Common sense. Some are born with it and others, like this girl, had to learn the hard way.
RW August 06, 2013 at 10:44 AM
Don - so sorry to hear about your cousin, my wife and I feared it might have been her when we first heard her description. She lives down the road from us and we talk with her almost on a daily basis. Our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family that she pulls thru this ordeal quickly. As for all the criticism? I can see Waukesha has become as big of a judgmental city as any other big city. How can any of you make a judgement or comment prior to even knowing 1/10th of the facts behind what happened. I believe those that are judgmental without facts show more of a lack of intelligence than anyone.
jason k August 06, 2013 at 11:12 AM
I think what people mean by "insensitive" is that those who are making negative remarks about a woman they don't know --behind the anonymity of their computer screens -- don't know the details of what happened and are judging her anyway. Wouldn't you feel dumb making those remarks if it turns out the woman had a stroke, for example, before she got hit?
Jo Ann Enk August 06, 2013 at 12:27 PM
Sorry about your cousin Don. She lives in my neighborhood and is such a nice gal....I see here daily and talk when we pass on the street. Hoping for a speedy recovery. Thoughts and prayers to her and your family.
Erin August 06, 2013 at 01:00 PM
This woman's memory from immediately before the incident has been affected, so we don't know the circumstances surrounding it. There could have been any number of medical factors that led to it. Or there might not have been. Either way, passing judgment on a woman we don't know, who just got hit by a train, is what I would call indecent.
Carl Spackler August 06, 2013 at 07:40 PM
In believe Forrest Gump said it best "stupid is as stupid does". 1. A train, slow moving and rumbling 2. Either oblivious of danger or felt they had the right of way because they are "entitled". 3. There is no # 3. Yes I feel bad for the person, but what were they doing. I would not believe they would tell the truth. It will be better for them to claim a trip and fall and sue the railroad and the city. Scum.
Louise August 06, 2013 at 07:43 PM
The emotionally and socially impotent really shine in internet com boxes.
Valadhiel August 07, 2013 at 01:20 PM
What does it matter if she had some sort of mental illness or not? She was hit a by a bloody train. In my book, that is dire, no matter how insensitive you choose to be about someone. I'm not so selfish as to assign some sort of blame to make sure you don't have to feel sorry for her. Things happen. Judging by the thousands of lumbering idiots I see in Waukesha every day and the amount of grammar mistakes in these comments, most of you have absolutely no place to judge in the first place, so shut your gob and next time something happens, next time you almost fall down those stairs or drop that glass piece, remember that this could have easily been you.
jason k August 07, 2013 at 01:26 PM
Carl Spackler, you're a real piece of work.
Carl Spackler August 08, 2013 at 01:41 PM
The Dalai Lama, himself. Twelfth son of the Lama. The flowing robes, the grace, bald... striking. So, I'm on the first tee with him. I give him the driver. He hauls off and whacks one - big hitter, the Lama - long, into a ten-thousand foot crevasse, right at the base of this glacier. Do you know what the Lama says? Gunga galunga... gunga, gunga-lagunga. So we finish the eighteenth and he's gonna stiff me. And I say, "Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know." And he says, "Oh, uh, there won't be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness." So I got that goin' for me, which is nice.
Tim Seltz August 08, 2013 at 08:31 PM
This was simply an accident. I wish the best for her and her family.


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