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Officials trying to identify woman killed by train

December 22, 1998|By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

FREDERICK, Md. - The Frederick County Sheriff's Office is trying to identify a woman who lay down on railroad tracks near Bill Moxley Road Saturday and died when a CSX Corp. train hit her.

The accident took place at 9:30 p.m.

"She still hasn't been positively identified," Sgt. Tom Winebrenner said. "We have one lead we are looking into."

The woman was white and had black shoulder-length hair, he said. She was dressed in a plaid jacket, a purple "Quicksilver" sweatshirt and light blue or purple sweatpants.

Her age is estimated at 45 to 55.

Winebrenner said the woman died instantly and was pronounced dead at the scene. Her body was found 1/4 mile west of Bill Moxley Road.

He said the CSX engineer saw the woman on the tracks and blew his horn to warn her.

"She appeared conscious," said Winebrenner.

The woman stayed in a prone position despite the horn blowing, he said.

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"We're at the point where it's looking like suicide," Winebrenner said.

The train that hit the woman consisted of two locomotives and 15 cars, according to CSX Transportation spokesman Robert Sullivan.

He said that train makes regular trips to Baltimore and was returning from one when the accident occurred.

Sullivan was unsure what the train, which was delayed for three hours by the accident, was carrying.

Work crews on the CSX locomotive were replaced with a new team that evening, he said.

"This is a tragedy, but there is another set of victims," he said, referring to the CSX engineer and his crew.

Sullivan said trains occasionally hit pedestrians, and railroads are working to make people aware of the dangers of being near railroad tracks.

The sheriff's office is asking people who may have a female friend or family member unaccounted for since Saturday to call Deputy 1st Class Mark Cullember at 301-694-1046.

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