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KILLEEN (December 4, 2013) Police Wednesday identified a woman who was killed late Tuesday night as she tripped while she tried to cross railroad tracks as Hermanda Dixon-Cardona, 58, of Killeen.
Police were sent just before 11:45 p.m. Tuesday to the railroad crossing on 10th Street near downtown Killeen after a caller reported a woman had been hit by a train.
When officers arrived they found the woman’s body about 100 feet east of 10th Street on the south side of the railroad tracks.
Police could find no identifying information on the woman’s body so Wednesday her name and address initially remained a mystery.
A preliminary investigation showed the train was eastbound as it approached 10th Street, the crossing guard lights were flashing and the barriers were in the down position, Killeen police spokeswoman Carroll Smith said in a news release.
Smith said investigators determined the woman was trying to cross the tracks on foot and while doing so tripped or fell down and was dragged about 100 feet by the passing train.
Bell County Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke pronounced the woman dead at the scene, Smith said.
An autopsy was ordered.