Woman struck, killed by train in Norman
For the second time in a week, a person has been killed by a train in Norman. The woman's death marks the seventh such fatality in the past three years.
NORMAN — For the second time in a week, a person has been struck and killed by a train in Norman.
The death of an unnamed woman late Saturday night marks the seventh such fatality in the past three years in Norman.
Norman police Lt. Jeff Robertson would only describe the victim as a “white female” and couldn't say whether she was a college student.
“It's really hard to tell,” Robertson said. “I don't want to speculate at this point.”
Robertson said the incident was called in Saturday at 10:36 p.m. Two hours later, he said investigators, including representatives of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, were still on the scene.
The woman was hit at the Main Street railroad crossing, Robertson said.
Police are withholding the woman's name until they notify her family.
Last week, a man was killed at Boyd Street at the railroad crossing.
In early August, a man was critically injured at the Symmes Avenue crossing.
Norman police Lt. Chris Amason, who was interviewed a week ago by The Oklahoman, said that Norman has a problem with people getting killed by the dozens of trains that pass through the city each day.
“We encourage our residents to stay away from the train tracks,” he said. “It is illegal to walk on the train track or to even be near it.
“And that's why these things happen … because people won't stay away from them.”
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