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Huron woman dies in train-pedestrian accident

Tom Jackson • Nov 11, 2013 at 12:52 PM

A 26-year-old Huron woman died Sunday evening after she apparently walked in front of a moving train.

The death of Ryan Boldman took place about two railroad car lengths west of the train crossing on Berlin Road, said Huron Police Chief Bob Lippert.

“It looks like it was a suicide,” Lippert said. “Our investigation shows that she had made suicidal statements earlier in the day.”

If you or someone you know needs help, the National Suicide Prevention Line is 800-273-TALK

The local Firelands Mental Health Hotline is 800-826-1306

Boldman was the mother of two young children.

No autopsy is planned.

“It’s quite apparent what the cause of death was,” Lippert said.

He said tests would be run, however, for the presence of alcohol or drugs. Police released the name after notifying Boldman’s parents, who live in the area.

Lippert said the Norfolk Southern train operator said Boldman stepped in front of his train.

“It was quite obvious this was an intentional act on her part,” he said. “It is a very traumatic experience for the operator of the train.”

There was nothing the train operator could do to save her, Lippert said.

The train moved away from the railroad crossing at 7:40 p.m. Huron police and firefighters then examined the tracks. The intersection was opened up again at about 8:05 p.m.

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office dispatched deputies who also assisted at the scene, Sheriff Paul Sigsworth said.

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