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Woman killed by train identified

Alissa Widman Neese • Jan 12, 2014 at 6:41 PM

Huron police have identified the woman killed by a train Saturday night in Huron Township.

Robyn Hodgkinson, 45, of Huron, died at about 10:20 p.m. Saturday after walking in front of the train near Rye Beach Road, Huron police Chief Bob Lippert said.

While investigating, every indication led police to believe the act was a suicide, Lippert said. Hodgkinson's car was parked in the grass near the tracks.

The Erie County coroner will provide the final ruling of death at a later date.

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.

Original post, 11:45 p.m. Saturday:

A train struck and killed a person in Huron Township late Saturday night, but officials aren't releasing any details about the situation.

Huron police and firefighters and Erie County Sheriff's deputies responded to the railroad tracks on Rye Beach Road, near BGSU Firelands, where a train was stopped at a crossing, blocking traffic at about 10:30 p.m. 

When the Register arrived at the scene, a covered body was lying at the crossing and a car had been parked in the grass nearby. The Erie County coroner transported the body from the scene.

Deputies referred the Register to Huron police, who said the incident is a death investigation and they would not release any further information. They told the Register to call Huron police Chief Bob Lippert on Sunday morning.

They wouldn't confirm if the person was a man or woman, although police scanner traffic indicated the person was a woman.

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