By Associated Press - Saturday, March 5, 2016

POKAGON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A 66-year-old Middlebury woman has been killed after her car was struck by a train as she tried to cross the tracks in southwestern Michigan.

The Cass County sheriff’s office says witnesses told investigators that Barbara Schult had passed stopped vehicles and began crossing the tracks Friday afternoon in Pokagon Township while the gates were down.

Crossing lights and bells also were activated.

The engineer applied the emergency brake on the train but was unable to avoid hitting Schult’s vehicle.

Schult was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

Pokagon Township is southwest of Grand Rapids.

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