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Train wreck victim upgraded to stable condition

Posted at 12:32 PM, Apr 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-18 15:55:15-04

A woman who was critically injured Friday when her truck was hit by a train has been upgraded to stable condition.

Reached at the Banner Universal Medical Center trauma center, victim Patricia Velasquez's daughter, Marissa Velasquez, said Monday that her mother is recovering from minor fractures in her spine, broken ribs and a concussion.

"She's interacting with us and has not fully woken up yet," Marissa said.

On Friday, Patricia's car was hit by a train in the 11000 block of South Nogales Highway. Rural/Metro crews used the jaws of life to rescue her from the truck.

Patricia lives in a house behind the train tracks.

Pima County Sheriff's deputies say Velasquez did not appear to stop for the train, but the investigation is ongoing.

The railroad crossing is on a private road, so there are no warning lights or arms to warn motorists of the train.