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METRO Rail almost killed my son, woman says

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

Angela Saenz had great hopes for METRO's light rail line.

"I might even have to sell my house, my property and move somewhere else," the senior citizen said.

Saenz has lived in the near-northside area, on the corner of Boundary and Everett, for decades.  Now, it's a place she can't take.

METRO Rail is being built on her street, just off North Main.  METRO's one-way streets now have barriers in between them.  She said that almost cost her son's life.  He had a heart attack.

"I called the ambulance and the ambulance could not get to the street because it was blocked," she said.

She said the ambulance workers had to park across from her home and physically walk over the barrier with their stretcher.

"That presents a problem to all of us, especially me," Saenz said.

Michael Valle and Jose Trevino also live in Saenz's neighborhood.  They feel trapped in their neighborhood with the new rail line under construction.  They said the easy access to their neighborhood is gone because of the barriers and one-way streets.  They took us on the route they now have to drive to get home from North Main Street.  It was a maze and took nearly six minutes.

"It used to be a one-minute drive to my house," Valle said.  "It's extremely difficult not knowing which direction we're coming."

Those who live on Everrett wanted to compromise with METRO to make it easier to reach their homes.  The most they received from an engineer was a temporary turn on Boundary to Everrett.

"If you don't know what's going on early that morning, you come into a surprise," Trevino said.  "For a while, we had Gentry opened up and all of sudden that shut down, we had Everrett opened up and every morning it's a surprise."

In the meantime, Saenz said the light rail was supposed to help the community, not jeopardize her son's life.

"Whoever is to blame, it's a problem on me."

METRO CEO George Grenias said there have been community meetings to address the concerns around the construction of light rail.

"I doubt we can make 100 percent of the people happy," Grenias said.

He did say it's never too late to bring concerns to METRO.

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