TAMPA (FOX 13) -
Several intersections with Adamo Drive were shut down after an SUV rammed into a train.
According to Tampa Police, the crash happened just before 6 p.m. near the intersection of Adamo Drive and North 28th Street. The driver, later identified as 25-year-old Kristen Brown, had a medical issue before she plowed past the guard bars and into one of the train's front cars, officers say.
"She was going westbound, but she crossed the median into the eastbound lanes and struck the train," said Lt. Ronald McMullen, a spokesperson for the Tampa Police Department.
The woman was conscious and talking when bystanders pulled her from the crushed vehicle, which police say traveled several hundred yards under the wheels of the train. Brown is expected to survive, with her greatest injuries being a broken neck and pelvis, according to police.
"They ran down the tracks while the train was still going and were able to get her out," said Lt. McMullen.
The crash forced officers to shut down Adamo Drive from North 22nd Street to North 34th. It wasn't reopened until 10:00 p.m.
"There's a lot of intersections blocked," said Ann Marie Riggs, who got stranded on the other side of the tracks after going on a bike ride with her family. "A lot of people keep having to turn around, and it's pretty crazy."
The train was carrying ethanol, according to police, but there were no leaks or damage to the containers carrying the fuel. The ethanol will have to be drained before the train can be moved, police say.
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