This is extraordinarily sad, as it sounds as if this woman committed suicide by train. It serves as a reminder for everyone to look out for each other and care for each other. I wonder about this woman's friends, family and neighbors. When they realize or are notified of who this was, are they going to think about what they might have done or said? I've heard it said that suicide is a selfish act. I have never bought that idea, even though I understand where it comes from. Our strongest instinct is our instinct to save our lives. When we take our lives, something has gone seriously out of balance, whether brain chemicals, relationships with people and God, or something else. A suicide leaves a trail of hurt behind it. Often people are angry with a person for committing suicide.
A person with suicidal thoughts must seek help. I would say that when you get into this route of thinking, it is very hard to get out by yourself. You need some help from the community. Whether it's a community of one--a therapist or physician--or a community of several--family, church, therapy group, there must be reaching out. A break, a breath, some perspective, some medicine, and the lure of suicide is removed.
The woman has not yet been identified by authorities. Pray for her family and those who knew her. Pray also for the crew of the locomotive that struck her car. I have been told by retired engineers that this is one of the most difficult things that can happen in the course of their work.
Top photo: The crossing where the incident occurred. The view looks west, which is the victim's apparent direction of travel. The train was going north, from left to right in the photo. As you can see, the crossing is very well marked.
Bottom photo: A shot of an oncoming locomotive at a crossing near this area. I took this shot just because I like trains. It was hard to hang in there, looking at the loco coming closer and closer through my phone's viewfinder, even though I knew I was safely stopped behind the crossing arm. Remember, you can click on the photos to embiggen, they show in Picasa. Just use the back button to come back.
News link: The Kansas City Star.