- Associated Press - Sunday, March 27, 2016

FOUR OAKS, N.C. (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 being fatally struck Saturday. Anderson said she was walking from the party site to another house across the tracks. Witnesses heard a train whistle, but she apparently didn’t.

Anderson said no charges are expected.

Amtrak spokesman Mike Tolbert 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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