Police ID woman killed by freight train in Salt Lake City

Police ID woman killed by freight train in Salt Lake City

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SALT LAKE CITY — Police identified a woman Monday who was struck and killed by a freight train Sunday afternoon.

Salt Lake police said Genevieve Blackwater, 54, was walking across the tracks in an off-limits area near the North Temple Street overpass shortly after 4:10 p.m. when she was struck by a Union Pacific train.

Police said it appeared Blackwater was attempting to clear the tracks as the train was nearing but was unable to do so in time. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Surveillance footage showed her wandering back and forth across the tracks with no apparent destination before the incident, Salt Lake Police Sgt. Cody Lougy said on Sunday.

Investigators are looking into whether drugs, alcohol or mental illness contributed to the incident.

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