Death of woman killed by train ruled a suicide

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A woman was struck and killed by a train near the Stellhorn Road crossing early Wednesday morning.

Police did not initially suspect foul play and early Wednesday afternoon a report from the Allen County Coroner’s Office indicated the 79-year-old woman from Wisconsin had committed suicide. The report also noted that the coroner’s office does not typically release the names of suicide victims.

Norfolk Southern railroad personnel notified local police shortly before 2:30 a.m. that a northbound train struck the woman who was standing on the tracks. Police said the woman’s body was found about 40 feet south of the crossing on Stellhorn Road underneath one of the rail cars.

The train stopped following impact and blocked at least two crossings on Stellhorn Road and Schwartz Road for several hours. Police dispatchers said the train was no longer blocking tracks as of 5:15 a.m

Investigators found a vehicle parked at a nearby business on Stellhorn Road, but were working to confirm if the vehicle belonged to the woman.

The Fort Wayne Police Department and Norfolk Southern police are investigating.

If your or someone you know is battling suicidal tendencies or has severe depression, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at: (800) 273-8255.

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