Via Rail train strikes girl, 16

Dale Carruthers, Craig Glover, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:33 PM ET

LONDON, Ont. — A 16-year-old girl suffered serious injuries when she was struck Friday by a Via Rail train east of London.

The girl, whose name wasn't released, was hit near shortly after 2 p.m.

She was taken to hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries, police said.

"We're just happy that the young lady looks like she's going to survive this incident," Const. Chris Hunter said.

Via officials told passengers a pedestrian had been struck and asked over the intercom if there was a doctor or nurse on board, passenger Allan McDougall said.

"A nurse went out to help," he said. "And eventually what they ended up doing is bringing the (victim) who was hit onto the train."

The train was stopped and the teen, who appeared to be moving, was loaded onto a waiting ambulance, McDougall said.

"She had moved her arms and had a lot of bandaging around her head," he said.


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