01/11/2012 02:35 EST | Updated 03/12/2012 05:12 EDT

Woman struck by streetcar at Yonge, St. Clair

Toronto police say the actions of an alert TTC streetcar driver may have helped save a woman’s life.

A woman was struck by a streetcar on Wednesday afternoon at the corner of St. Clair Avenue West and Deer Park Crescent, just west of Yonge Street.

Police believe the woman was trying to beat the streetcar when she was struck just before 1 p.m.

Toronto police Sgt. Paul Bainard told CBC Toronto that it appears the driver of the streetcar was quick to hit the stop button when he saw the woman crossing the street.

“I think it’s the quick action of the streetcar driver that definitely saved her in this incident,” Bainard said.

CBC’s Colin Butler reported that emergency crews removed the front cowling of the streetcar, where the woman fell beneath the vehicle.

The woman was rushed to St. Michael’s Hospital with a broken pelvis and other injuries.

Eastbound streetcars were not running on St. Clair Avenue West while the collision was investigated.

By the mid-afternoon, the TTC sent out a tweet indicating that service had resumed in both directions.