Red Line Closed After METRO Train Strikes and Kills Bicyclist
METRO's Red Line was closed for several hours Friday morning after a train struck and killed a bicyclist near the Hermann Park/Rice University station.
Jackie Gil, a spokeswoman with the transit authority, said the train struck the female bicyclist around 8:15 a.m. Emergency responders pronounced her dead about 15 minutes later.
"It appears the bicyclist was coming from the park, and looked one way but not the other," Gil said, citing a preliminary report from METRO police.
Spokesman Jerome Gray said the bicyclist was struck in the southbound lane at Sunset and Fannin as the train pulled into the station.
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The collision occurred while hundreds of thousands of tourists are visiting Houston during Super Bowl week, causing a sharp uptick in public transit ridership.
The Red Line, METRO's longest and most traveled rail route, reopened at 10:30 a.m. Police have yet to identify the woman who was killed.
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