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.
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.