A 54-year-old woman using a motorized wheelchair died when she was struck by a freight train in Lincoln early Friday, according to police.
Lincoln and Union Pacific police officers responded to reports of a train that had suddenly stopped at First Street near Lincoln Boulevard at 12:07 a.m. It was also reported that a woman in a wheelchair was sighted near the train tracks.
When police arrived, they found the body of Sandra Jones and a motorized wheelchair south of the railroad crossing. Jones, a Lincoln resident, was pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel.
The Union Pacific locomotive that struck Jones was said to be southbound, according to a Police Department news release. An investigation by the Placer County Coroner’s Office, as well as the Lincoln Police Department and Union Pacific, is pending.
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The Lincoln Police Department warned of the dangers of being on the train tracks or attempting to cross the tracks unless signals permitted it. A locomotive engineer and conductor were referred to a peer counseling program.