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Friday, August 8, 2014

Woman struck and killed by Canadian National train west of Edmonton

WABAMUN, Alta. - A young woman struck and killed by a train on tracks west of Edmonton was identified Wednesday by members of the Paul First Nation as a teenager who was also a new mother.

Officials said the crash happened along the train bridge separating Wabamun Lake from an area known as Moonlight Bay before 2 a.m.

Police said the young woman was with three or four other people when she was hit.

Band members identified her as Farrah Rain.

"She was a beautiful young woman, a young mom, and probably had many dreams and goals," said Myrna Rabbit, a band councillor with the Paul First Nation.

Rabbit said such incidents have happened before; the train tracks are sometimes used as a shortcut from the lake.

"We've lost many band members, probably some were intoxicated," Rabbit said.

CN Rail said proper protocols were followed.

"This is a tragic reminder to persons - we beg, we implore people to stay away from train tracks for their own safety," said CN Rail spokesman Jim Feeny.

It's not clear what they were doing at the time and RCMP said it was too early to tell if drugs or alcohol played a role.

(CTV Edmonton) -CP-

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