A 40-year-old Biloxi woman died Thursday morning as she was hit by a train near Edgewater Mall, a detective said.
A caller told police a woman who was crossing the tracks was struck by a freight train, Biloxi Police Major Christopher De Back said.
Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove was at the scene, and has not released the woman’s name pending notification of family.
“We’re trying to figure out how it happened and why it happened,” De Back said.
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She was hit just before 9:40 a.m. as the train traveled eastbound.
Police walked the tracks for several minutes before finding her body, at first unsure if the caller was mistaken, De Back said.
The caller had reported the woman was hit north of Balmoral Avenue, De Back said. First responders walked both sides of the tracks and found her west of that location.
The body of the woman, who was wearing a red backpack, came to rest on the south side of the tracks near the entrance to Edgewater Park subdivision.
The train remained stopped at 11:25 a.m. DeBuys Road and Eisenhower Drive have been blocked temporarily, but Beauvoir Road is open for motorists seeking a detour.
The death is the second train-related fatality on the Mississippi Coast in about three weeks, since Sept. 21. That’s the day Pascagoula police said a homeless man was struck and killed while sitting on railroad tracks near Hospital Road.
At least 47 people have been struck by a train on the Coast this year, according to Mississippi Operation Lifesaver.
The number includes four deaths and 40 persons injured March 7 when a charter bus crossed Biloxi’s Main Street tracks at a steep incline and was unable to get off the tracks before it was struck by a train.
Sun Herald will update this report are more information is available.
Sun Herald photojournalist John Fitzhugh contributed to this report.