Avon Lake woman struck by train dies

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) - A CSX Transportation freight train struck and killed a woman who was walking along railroad tracks in Lorain County.
Sheriff's deputies said Elizabeth Koziol, 32, of Avon Lake, was walking in the same direction as the 35-car train, which was en route from Boston to Rose Lake, Ill.
County Coroner Paul Matus said the train's conductor and engineer told him that as the train approached, Koziol stopped walking and stood still.
She was hit late Saturday afternoon near a railroad crossing just south of State Route 82.
CSX spokesman Gary Sease could not confirm whether the train sounded its horn as it approached the woman. Federal law requires horns to be sounded at all railroad crossings.
Sease said it's possible to walk on the tracks and not hear a train coming because modern trains with specialized roller bearings can travel quietly.
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