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Woman hit by Charlotte light rail train

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The scene on Thursday morning. The scene on Thursday morning.

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A woman suffered serious injuries after she was hit by a light rail train Thursday morning.

Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) officials told WBTV that the train was approaching the Scaleybark terminal when the woman was hit just before 8 a.m. Thursday morning.  The station is along the 3700 block of South Boulevard.

Police identified the woman as 31-year old Lakysha Erwin.

Erwin was alert and talking to emergency officials before being transported to Carolinas Medical Center-Main, a police officer on scene said.

CATS released surveillance video Thursday afternoon from the train that struck Erwin. 

She was carrying an umbrella and walking towards the crosswalk, and can be seen stepping out in front of the train just as it pulls into the terminal.

Erwin is then thrown into the air and lands beside the light rail train.  Another woman in the video calls 911 and frantically tries to help.

There were at least 15 people on the train at the time of the incident, but officials say no one onboard was injured.

CATS had to shut down track #2 for nearly three hours while the incident was being investigated.  The northbound track was used for both north and southbound travel.

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