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Woman found dead, struck by train in Eugene

Police believe the woman was a transient, but they were unable to immediately identify her.

Posted: Jan 29, 2020 4:41 AM
Updated: Jan 29, 2020 10:48 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A woman was found dead Wednesday morning after being struck by a train, Eugene Police said.

Reports came in around 3:45 a.m. at 240 Washington St. Police believe the woman was a transient, but they were unable to immediately identify her. A person nearby heard the horn of the train as it crossed the street, and that person later found the woman's body and called police.

During the investigation, the road was closed at 3rd Avenue and Washington Street. It reopened just before 6:30 a.m.

Investigators plan to use cameras on the front of the Union Pacific train as well as nearby surveillance video to uncover more about how the woman died.

"Locomotives have cameras on the front, so we're going to try and capture that video as well," said Sgt. Sean Dillon with the Eugene Police Department. "She may have been hit from a rear car."

The woman's body was taken for an autopsy. 

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