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Police investigating woman's death near railroad tracks

December 13, 2005|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police and the Franklin County Coroner's Office were investigating the death of a woman whose body was discovered on railroad tracks near Walter Avenue.

Police said Monday the identification of the woman, who was described as white and in her late 30s, had not been confirmed and an autopsy was scheduled for today. She was discovered Sunday night after the crew of a passing train reported what was believed to be clothing lying by the train tracks, police said.

Police said the woman had been struck by a train, but the report gave no indication when she was hit or whether there were any signs of foul play.

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Rescue Hose Co. Fire Chief Robert Ebersole said his company was called out at about 9:30 p.m. to provide lighting and fire police to secure the area while state police investigated.

"She was between the rails" and the body was a short distance north of Walter Avenue, Ebersole said Monday.

Ebersole said the body was within the borough limits of Greencastle, although the police report said it was in Antrim Township.

Ebersole said firefighters were on the scene until about 1:30 a.m. Monday. He said there was no train at the site during the investigation and the railroad had been contacted to halt all train traffic while police were on the scene.

The investigating state trooper could not be reached Monday afternoon. A Norfolk Southern spokesman referred all questions to state police.

Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner would not speculate Monday evening as to time, cause or manner of the woman's death or otherwise comment on the case. He said the autopsy will be performed at Chambersburg Hospital.

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