Police: Woman killed by train after setting up for a party

Four Oaks police are investigating after they say a woman was killed Saturday afternoon by an Amtrak train.

Four Oaks Police Chief Stephen Anderson says the woman was helping to tie balloons for a party at a house in the town about 30 miles southeast of Raleigh before she was fatally struck.

Anderson says she was walking from the party site to another house across the tracks. Anderson says witnesses heard a train whistle but she apparently didn't. Anderson says no charges are expected.

She was hit just after 3:30 p.m. by Train 89 headed from New York to Savannah, Ga., Amtrak confirms.

There were no injuries to the 217 passengers on board.

The train resumed its route just after 7:10 p.m.
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