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Beaverton woman hit by freight train says she's lucky to be alive

FILE -- Police conduct an investigation after a train struck a pedestrian in Beaverton at Southwest Lombard and Beaverton Hillsdale Highway on Thursday, April 20, 2017. (File Photo: Chopper 2/KATU News)

A Beaverton woman who was hit by a freight train last month said she's lucky to be alive.

Cindy Rodriguez said the last thing she remembers on the afternoon of April 20, was walking to the grocery store. Beaverton police said Cindy was about to cross the intersection of Beaverton Hillsdale Highway and Lombard when she was struck. Witnesses tell police she was looking at her phone at the time of the accident.

"I'm not a person who's completely careless or is never paying attention or anything like that. So yeah, I've had that question a lot of times, like how did that even happened," said Rodriguez.

Police say the crossing arms were down and the train's whistle was blowing. Rodriguez thinks she was in some kind of zone.

"You just go into autopilot and that's just not something you can stop, but you can definitely try to be more aware and more in the moment," said Rodriguez.

Rodriguez lost both of her legs in the accident. She's currently being treated at an in-patient facility. She said she wants to look forward, focus on getting prosthetics and walking again; hopefully in six months. She also hopes to help others who've experienced trauma.

"I do believe everything happens for a reason. Maybe I can reach a lot more people this way than I could before," she said.

Her friends set up a GoFundMe page to help buy her a wheelchair.

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