Kansas woman struck, killed by freight train

EMPORIA, Kansas (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a pedestrian who was hit by a freight train in east-central Kansas.

Police on Thursday identified the woman as 28-year-old Haylee Frazier, of Emporia.

BNSF Railway Co. says the accident happened shortly before midnight Wednesday. Frazier was found near the tracks and pronounced dead at the scene.

BNSF spokesman Andy Williams says the westbound train had three locomotives and 49 cars. He adds that the accident did not happen at a crossing.

It’s not clear why Frazier was near the tracks. Williams says the speed limit through Emporia is 40 mph and the train was not speeding at the time.

 

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