Woman dies after being hit by Amtrak train in Williamsburg

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) — A woman died after being hit by a train Sunday evening in Williamsburg, police say.

Virginia State Police say that the emergency call came in at 5:56 p.m. An official with Amtrak says that one of their trains was coming from Newport News and heading towards Boston.

The train then stopped at mile marker 38 — near Bypass Road and Colony Drive — due to a trespasser on the tracks. State police spokesperson Corinne Geller says a woman lying across the tracks was hit by an Amtrak train.

The woman has been identified as Laura Griffin, 47, of Williamsburg.

Geller says the train tried to alert the woman with its horn, but she did not leave the tracks and the train was not able to stop in time.

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