Police say no foul play is suspected in the death Friday of a female pedestrian hit by a train.
The woman, Elizabeth Rupperberger, 34, had been a resident of Richmond Hill since January, according to a press release from Richmond Hill police.
Authorities were called to the CSX tracks near the Hwy. 144 crossing around 8 p.m. Friday, where they found Rupperberger laying roughly 50 yards from the highway on the west side of the tracks. The train conductor told police he saw the woman laying "partially on the track" but was unable to stop, according to RHPD.
The woman’s car was found approximately a block away.
Richmond Hill Police Chief Billy Reynolds couldn’t be reached Tuesday, but said Friday night it was unclear what the woman was doing on the tracks.
City Councilman Billy Albritton, who lives nearby, heard the train attempting to stop, then sirens as police, firefighters and other safety personnel raced to the crossing.
"I was working on my air conditioner when the train came to a screeching stop," Albritton said. "You just don’t hear that sound."
Both Reynolds and Albritton said this was the first pedestrian fatality on the railroad tracks in recent memory. The case remains under investigation by Richmond Hill police and CSX.