|Vivian Ziwei Guan|
Photo via Rice University
UPDATE: Memorial for Vivian Ziwei Guan held on Friday, July 26 (Houston Press).
I was at that intersection when the accident happened. While standing on the northeast corner of Main and Walker, I heard a loud crunching sound, like metal on metal, that quickly turned into a grinding sound. It was a sickening sound. I turned to see what was happening and saw what appeared to be a mangled bicycle being dragged through the narrow space between the train and the boarding platform.
|Metro train killed a cyclist, Houston (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)|
|Vivian Ziwei Guan's bike after being hit by a Metro train on Monday,|
July 22, 2013. Image from video by dtblackmorelaw, YouTube
Curiously, the Houston Chronicle reports that "witnesses said they saw the woman riding down the middle of the tracks before the collision. They started screaming at her to get out of the way."
However, I did not hear anybody screaming before I heard the train hit the bike. If the Chronicle's report is true, it begs the question as to why the train's driver did not see the woman and stop.
This is not the first time that a Metro train has struck and killed someone. Many Houstonians called the Metro the "danger train." In 2008 another female bicyclist was hit the Texas Medical Center. She suffered an injured knee and minor cuts.
A report on February 12, 2008 said that "A passenger on the light rail train that struck and injured a bicyclist....says the operator did not sound a horn or apply the brakes before the collision." That sounds a lot like what I heard and saw this morning at Walker and Main. No horn. No sound of brakes before the collision.
Cyclist Killed When Struck by Metro Train Monday Morning Houston Press (blog)
Rice Student Struck by METRO Light Rail Memorialized in Noon Vigil Today Houston Press
Woman gets pinned under METRO Rail in downtown Houston ABC Local (2012)
Metro train wreck sends 10 to hospitals Houston Chronicle (2012)