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Pedestrian in fatal freight train collision identified as Auburn woman

Here’s the early morning scene after train hit pedestrian in midtown Sacramento

One pedestrian was killed after being struck by a Union Pacific freight train in midtown.
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One pedestrian was killed after being struck by a Union Pacific freight train in midtown.

A person killed early Monday after being struck by a freight train in midtown Sacramento has been identified as an 18-year-old Auburn woman, coroner’s records show.

Kendall Rae Murray died at about 12:35 a.m. Monday near 1900 Capitol Ave., according to Sacramento County Coroner’s Office records. About four minutes earlier at the same location, the Sacramento Fire Department responded to reports that a person had been hit by a Union Pacific train, archived scanner traffic maintained by shows.

Fire crews discovered a Union Pacific freight train had been stopped on the tracks at 19th Street, “blocking all of downtown,” at about 12:31 a.m., according to scanner feeds. At 12:36 a.m., dispatch reported a “train vs. pedestrian” at 20th and O streets, where the front of the stopped train was located.

Murray’s body was found by emergency responders about 12:44 a.m. near the crossing at Capitol Avenue and 20th Street, scanner feeds show. Murray died at the scene.

Broadcastify scanner feeds from Union Pacific also confirm the incident.

“We had a person step out in front of us here,” an engineer told dispatch shortly before 12:30 a.m.

Police, fire and Union Pacific officials investigated the scene for several hours Monday morning, temporarily closing railroad crossings between D and O streets.

Operation Lifesaver celebrated its 45th year in 2017, launching a national Rail Safety Week from September 24-30. These safety tips can be practiced all year long, fitting with OLI's ongoing mission of reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries