Rice student identified in deadly METRORail accident

HOUSTON - A 20-year-old Rice University student has been identified as the victim in Monday's fatal METRORail train accident.

Officials said it happened just after 8:30 a.m. Monday in the 900 block of Main Street at Walker in downtown Houston.

Officials identified the victim as Vivian Ziwei Guan.

Guan was an architecture major and would have been a junior in the fall.

The University said in a statement, "We all extend our heartfelt sympathy to Vivian's family and friends. Please remember that it's important that we support and comfort one another as we grieve, and the Rice Counseling Center is always available to students for additional support."

Officials said Guan was riding the northbound Red Line when she got off at the Walker stop. When she got off the train, she grabbed her bike and didn't seem aware that another train was coming toward her.

"She preceded after getting off of the train walking to the end of the platform and proceeded to go west on Walker Street not noticing or not being able to see that there was a southbound train coming in her direction," said METRO spokesperson Jerome Gray. "The southbound train hit the young lady and she was pronounced dead here at the scene."

According to Grey, the southbound train operator was signaling with her horn for the victim to move. Officials also believe the train had the green signal to go.

Another person was transported to the hospital.

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