Harrison County

Coroner identifies woman killed in Thursday train crash

A train struck and killed a woman in Biloxi on Thursday morning.
A train struck and killed a woman in Biloxi on Thursday morning. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com

Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove has identified a woman who was killed in a train crash Thursday near Edgewater Mall in Biloxi.

Hargrove said Shauna Lapen, 39, of Biloxi, died from blunt force trauma after being struck by a train while she was on the tracks.

She was hit just before 9:40 a.m. as the train traveled eastbound.

The death is the second train-related fatality on the Mississippi Coast in about three weeks. That’s the day Pascagoula police said a homeless man was struck and killed while sitting on railroad tracks near Hospital Road on Sept. 21.

In March, four people died and 40 others were injured 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.

Hargrove said Biloxi police are investigating the Thursday crash.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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