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Published: Monday, 6/10/2013

Monroe woman struck, killed by train


MONROE -- A Monroe woman was killed when she was struck by a train Sunday at a grade crossing in Monroe Township, authorities said.

Theresa Rook, 57, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

A train was southbound on the Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks just north of Albain Road about 9:45 p.m. when the train engineer saw a woman walk onto the tracks and lie down across the tracks, according to the sheriff's office. The train was unable to stop and struck the victim, coming to rest about 100 yards south of the grade crossing at Albain, deputies said.

The train had two engines and 130 rail cars, about 7,050 feet long. It had just left the Monroe Power Plant and was returning to Toledo, according to the sheriff's office.

The grade crossing is equipped with flashing signals and automatic gates, both of which were functioning at the time of the incident, deputies said.

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