North Carolina police: Train kills woman crossing track

FOUR OAKS, NC (AP) — A North Carolina police chief says a woman was hit and killed by a train while walking across railroad tracks.

Four Oaks Police Chief Stephen Anderson says the woman was helping to tie balloons for a party at a house in the town about 30 miles southeast of Raleigh before she was fatally struck Saturday.

Anderson says she was walking from the party site to another house across the tracks. Anderson says witnesses heard a train whistle but she apparently didn’t. Anderson says no charges are expected.

Mike Tolbert, an Amtrak spokesman, says the accident occurred at 3:37 p.m. Saturday. None of the crew nor 217 passengers were injured, and the train was able to continue toward its destination around 7 p.m. Its route was from New York to Savannah, Georgia.

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