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McCORDSVILLE —  Investigators are trying to determine whether a woman’s car became stuck on railroad tracks shortly before a train smashed into it, killing the woman.

Evelyn Wasson, 75, of Marion County, apparently was standing outside her car, which was sitting on the tracks near the intersection of CR 700W and Ind. 67. Emergency responders received the call at 9:35 p.m.

“She was killed instantly,” deputy coroner Rudy Nylund said Wednesday.

Assistant Chief Maj. Paul Casey of the McCordsville Police Department said investigators are still trying to piece together what might have happened.

The woman was found some distance from her car when emergency responders arrived at the scene, according to Casey. The train was traveling northeast when it struck the vehicle.

Witnesses told emergency responders at the scene that the car turned northbound and instead of continuing on the road, it turned onto the tracks and stopped. Preliminary witness reports suggest Wasson was attempting to flag down the train before the vehicle was struck, though investigators were unsure exactly what happened.

Investigators hope to find more details during the autopsy, which is scheduled for 2 p.m. today in Hancock County.

The collision forced another nearby train to temporarily wait on the tracks near Woodbury, blocking off intersections as far east as CR 400W toward Fortville.

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