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UPDATE: 35 year-old Woman Killed Saturday Morning in Train Accident in Mesa

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The Franklin County Coroner has confirmed that a 35 year-old Mesa woman's body was found after being struck by a BNSF eastbound train. The Franklin County Coroner has confirmed that a 35 year-old Mesa woman's body was found after being struck by a BNSF eastbound train.

MESA, WA - NBC Right Now was on the scene of a train accident that happened early Saturday morning in Mesa around 5:30 a.m.

The Franklin County Coroner has confirmed that a 35 year-old Mesa woman's body was found after being struck by a BNSF eastbound train.

We spoke with Franklin County Sheriff Richard Lathim on the scene to get further details. He said deputies interviewed an engineer on the train. The engineer explained that he saw something on the tracks and honked his horn but there was no response and the person didn't move away before being struck.

While the body was struck, deputies still are unsure of whether or not the woman was already dead or just unresponsive. That will be investigated with an autopsy and toxicology reports.

"If it was due to blunt force we'll make sure if it was consistent with being struck by the train. It's a matter of ensuring that we know the exact cause of death if at all possible," explained Franklin County Sheriff Richard Lathim.

Video is captured on the trains and that will also be examined as part of the investigation.

This story is still developing and we'll update it when new details are available.

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