Hamilton woman had arm, part of foot severed after struck by train

A pedestrian was struck Sunday afternoon by a train near the Martin Luther King and Pershing Avenue intersection, police said. GREG LYNCH/FILE

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A pedestrian was struck Sunday afternoon by a train near the Martin Luther King and Pershing Avenue intersection, police said. GREG LYNCH/FILE

A woman struck by a train in Hamilton on Sunday lost her left arm and part of a foot, police said.

Police and emergency crews were dispatched at 4:09 p.m. for a report that Destiny Allison, 27, of Hamilton, was struck by the train at Martin Luther King Boulevard and Pershing Avenue. Police said her left arm was cut off, as well as parts of her foot.

“There were some officers that arrived and tried to help her out (before medical personnel arrived),” said Hamilton police Sgt. Rich Burkhardt. “The officers got the tourniquets on her.”

Burkhardt said the parts of her body that were severed were recovered and taken to Kettering Health Hamilton, where Allison went before being flown by medical helicopter to University Hospital in Cincinnati.

According to the Federal Railroad Administration, Ohio ranks seventh in the number of trespass casualties, when people are walking across, on, or around train tracks. In 2021, there were 1,151 pedestrian rail trespass casualties, with more than half resulting in death, according to the Federal Railroad Administration. Of the 38 incidents in Ohio last year, 18 resulted in death.

This is the first reported train strike of a pedestrian in Hamilton this year, according to Hamilton police.

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