Woman killed by train in Ephrata

EPHRATA -- An empty freight train struck and killed a woman in Ephrata this morning.

The Burlington Northern-Santa Fe train hit the woman about 9:45 a.m. near the Amtrak Depot near Division Ave. East and Alder Street in Ephrata.

The train was on its way from British Columbia to Montana and is used to transport coal.

The death is being investigated by Ephrata Police Department, BNFS Railway and the Grant County Coroner, Gus Melonas of BNSF said.

The women's name is expected to be released by the cornoner, after the her family has been identified.