Women dies after being hit by Amtrak train in Williamsburg

Posted at 8:53 PM, Aug 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-20 20:54:38-04

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – A woman was killed by an Amtrak train in Williamsburg on Sunday evening.

The incident occurred just before 6 p.m. on the CSX Railroad Peninsula Subdivision tracks in the area of Bypass Road and Colony Drive.

The woman was lying across the tracks when she was hit by the train. Despite repeated blasts from the train’s horn to alert the woman, she refused to leave the track. The train was not able to brake in time.

The woman was identified as 47-year-old Laura Griffin of Williamsburg.

An official says the train was heading from Newport News to Boston. There were 144 passengers on board, but none of them were injured.

The train was delayed for two hours because of the incident, but then continued north.