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Woman's leg amputated after being hit by MAX train in Beaverton

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A woman's leg was severed when she was hit by a MAX train in Beaverton on Monday morning.  Police said it appears she was distracted and didn't hear or see the train coming.

Emergency crews responded to the Elmonica MAX Station at Southwest 170th Avenue at 9:13 a.m.

Police initially said 23-year-old Andrea Laing was taken to the hospital with injuries described as life-threatening. Investigators later said she was expected to survive. 

"There was this lady, and then she was gone," Sharon Blankenship told Fox 12.  "We just instantly realized, 'Oh my gosh, she's been hit.'"

Blankenship said she and her friend were in the first car behind the crossing arms when it happened.  They rushed over to help, calling 9-1-1, putting a towel on the woman to keep her warm and tried to keep her talking until medics arrived.

"She was very hysterical, she was screaming, there was no question," Blankenship added.  "I'm pretty sure about that time she realized there was not an extremity there.  I'm pretty sure of it.  The look in her eyes was enough to tell you that she was just, absolutely, beyond scared."

Police said a Metro West medic who was in a responding ambulance crawled under the train to pull the woman out and his actions likely saved her life.

Witnesses told police the woman was wearing a hoodie and earbuds as she walked across the tracks while a train was approaching. Witnesses said they could hear the train's horn as it approached and struck Laing. 

"This was a tragic incident for Laing, her family, the train operator, passengers and witnesses. This is a tragic reminder of the importance of paying attention anytime you are near the Max or any train tracks. Whenever approaching train tracks you should have your head up scanning the track for any approaching or departing trains. You should not be wearing anything that obstructs your ability to see and hear what is going on around you," a Beaverton Police Department release stated. 

Blankenship said it didn't seem like others on the MAX platform were aware of what happened.  She believes she and her friend were in the right place at the right time and said the fact the woman survived is a God-given miracle.

"The most amazing miracle," she said.  "I don't think I could ask for anything else, it's just amazing."

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