UPDATE: Mesa woman's body hit by train

Tri-City Herald Staff WriterApril 5, 2014 

— A 35-year-old Mesa woman was found dead early Saturday after her body was hit by a train near Mesa.

The woman was hit by an eastbound BNSF Railway Co. train on the company’s main rail line three miles east of Mesa at 5:30 a.m., said Gus Melonas, BNSF Railway Co. spokesman.

The train, which came from Tacoma and was headed east, included three locomotives hauling 112 empty grain cars, he said.

The train’s crew stopped the train and reported the incident, he said.

The woman was apparently lying on railroad tracks near what officials believe is her home, Melonas said. She was about 50 feet from a private crossing.

Franklin County Coroner Dan Blasdel said he is waiting to positively confirm her identity before releasing a name.

The railroad company is working with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office on the investigation, Melonas said. Officials do not know why she was on the tracks or whether she was deceased before the train hit her.

Franklin County officials were waiting to get video from BNSF Railway Co. which will help them determine where she was on the train tracks, Blasdel said.

An autopsy is scheduled for Sunday morning, he said.

The main line reopened to trains at 11 a.m., Melonas said. About 35 to 45 trains operate on this line daily.

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