Woman killed in train collision identified

Tri-City HeraldOctober 22, 2013 

Fatal train accident

Kennewick police and BNSF Railway officials investigate Monday where a woman was killed and her boyfriend had his arm almost severed when they were hit by a train while walking their dog along the railroad tracks near Canal Drive in Kennewick.

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— The Benton County Coroner’s Office has identified the woman who was killed Monday when she was hit by a train near Canal Drive as Melinda D. Williams.

The 50-year-old Kennewick woman died from massive blunt force trauma, said Benton County Coroner John Hansens.

Williams and her boyfriend, Samuel W. Frank, 47, were walking their dog near the tracks when they were hit by a BNSF Railway train at 4:09 p.m., officials said. The dog, a boxer named Star, was not injured.

Frank was taken to Trios Health, formerly Kennewick General Hospital, following the collision. His condition was not immediately available.

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