As per the reports shared by Fox 8 news, the woman who was hit by the train at Cuyahoga Valley used to wear hearing aids. This was confirmed by the sister of the deceased to the news channel.
38-year-old Heidi Howard was hit by a train on a Sunday afternoon when she was crossing the scenic railroad near route 303. She was having lunch with her friends at the Winking Lizard on Main Street after church when she heard some noises. “She thought she saw a child being abused” her sister told the reporters. She got up and crossed the tracks to look at the situation; and she was hit by the train while returning to the restaurant. “She was so focused on the child; she did not see the oncoming danger.”
As per the statements of some key witnesses, the crossing gates were closed and the train was continuously honking its horn. People were also yelling for Howard to get off the track.
Heidi was partially deaf and she wore hearing aids. As per inputs shared by her sister, the problem with hearing runs in the family and even her 15-year-old daughter suffers from