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Legally blind woman killed by train

Rochester, N.Y. A legally blind woman was hit and killed by a train Sunday around 5:30pm.

It happened in the area of 140 Colvin Street in Rochester.

52-year-old Patsy Hickman of Rochester was walking across the tracks when she was struck by a westbound train.

Hickman is familiar with the area, but is legally blind.

This could have been prevented, said Harris Hickman, Pastys son, who worried about her crossing the tracks, a crosswalk or either, this right here this open space is.

There is a no trespassing sign in the area, but nothing else to keep people away from the tracks.

Hickman said his mom would cross them three to four times a day, the store she shopped at was on the other side.

She just called me to walk her across I couldn't even make it, said Hickman.

And when no one could make it, she would go on her own.

Now her family is asking for change in the area, for something to be put up to protect pedestrians.

This is unnecessary for something like this to happen, said Hickman. I see a car or whatever, but a train? Thats a whole different story there should be something look its the whole area, where she got hit theres no rails up or nothing.

Kelsie Smith, 13WHAM-TV
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