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MEADOW CREEK (WVVA) - A woman was struck and killed by a train near the border of Fayette and Summers counties.

Crews responded to the scene around 2 p.m. involving a CSX train in the Meadow Creek area -- upstream from the Glade Creek boat ramp on CSX property within the New River Gorge National Park.

Investigators say the victim -- identified as a homeless black female, approximately 50 years old -- was walking near the tracks with a blanket over her head to protect her from the rain.

She did not heed the warning of the train and was struck by the train's cattle catcher.

A medical examiner was called to the scene, as well as officials with the Park Service and CSX.

The victim suffered severe head trauma and was dead at the scene.

The Park Service is heading the investigation.

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