Woman struck and killed by train in Wasilla, Alaska Railroad says

A woman was struck and killed by a freight train Friday night in Wasilla, according to the Alaska Railroad.

Just after 10 p.m., crew members on a northbound train traveling on the railroad’s main line spotted a woman lying in between the tracks as the train approached.

The crew was unable to stop the train in time to prevent the collision, according to a railroad spokeswoman.

After stopping the train, crew members notified emergency services about the collision, and Alaska Railroad Police and Alaska State Troopers responded to the scene, according to the railroad.

Further information about the identity of the woman and why she was lying in the tracks was not immediately available.

The 4,700-foot train was en route from Anchorage to Fairbanks when the strike occurred, the railroad spokesperson said.

An investigation by troopers, the Wasilla Police Department and the Alaska Railroad is ongoing.