A woman killed by train as her wheelchair gets struck on tracks

A North Carolina woman is dead after her motorized wheelchair got stuck while she crossed railroad tracks and she was hit by a freight train.

Media organizations say it happened shortly after midnight Friday in Kenly, about 45 miles (72 kilometers) east of Raleigh. A police spokesman said either the 40-year-old woman’s wheelchair battery died or its wheels snagged on the tracks.

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Officials say the victim was paralyzed from the waist down. She wasn’t identified pending notification of her family.

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