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Woman hit and injured near Florence train track

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FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - A Florence woman is clinging to life after being stuck by a train.

"It took somebody over there to tote the lady, and her leg was lying over there on the other side," said Malcolm Daniels.

Malcolm Daniels said he knows the 40-year-old woman who is now in critical condition after being injured by a train on Saturday.

Police say Beverly Rivers and two other family members were crossing over a stopped train car on East Elm Street on their way home. When Rivers began to cross, the train started to move and her jacket got caught, causing her to slip.

"The rocks on the tracks she slipped, know what I'm saying? By the time the train hit her it was all done and gone," said Daniels

Family member say Rivers' leg had to be amputated shortly after the incident, and she is listed in critical condition in a local hospital.

"They need to put up a barricade or something so that no one will be able to cross the tracks," said Daniels.

Daniels said every day he sees countless people crossing the track on East Elm Street - which is located just feet away from the Florence County Library.

Our camera's caught several people climbing over a stopped train car trying to cross at the exact same spot where Beverly Rivers was injured.

Police say that if you are caught trying to cross train tracks on foot you could be charged with trespassing.

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