Woman hit and killed by a train in downtown Tulsa identified

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 1/30 11:25 am Published: 1/28 1:33 pm

A train hit a woman in downtown Tulsa killing her Tuesday afternoon.

The accident blocked access to the Brady District from the rest of downtown as crews investigated and cleared the scene.

Police identified the victim as Jana Lawrence. 

We learned when crews got the train moved out, it blocked most of the north and south roads for about two hours.

Police investigators also told FOX23 the victim and a friend were walking south on Elwood when two BNSF trains passed each other, each going 20 miles an hour.

The friend made it across but the victim did not.

FOX23 spoke with Tulsa Police Department Capt. Steve Odom, who told us, "she made it past one of the trains, but got hit by one of the other trains."

A BNSF employee told us the woman did the right thing by lying down on the ground when she got caught between the trains but was hit when she tried to stand back up before the trains had passed.

Now investigators are trying to learn more.

"What her state of mind was, what she was doing, where she was going, why she was trying to get across the tracks while the trains were going by," Odom explained.

The train that hit her was nearly a mile and a half long and when it stopped it stretched across downtown and outside both sides of the inner dispersal loop.

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Mayor Maynot - 1/30/2014 1:53 PM
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Prissy #8 ^{] it was just an unfortunate accident. Not suicide.

Prissy1 - 1/28/2014 2:45 PM
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I think sometimes people just do things like that because they are tired of this hateful world we live in today!

nate27832 - 1/28/2014 2:34 PM
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I like trains

nate27832 - 1/28/2014 2:31 PM
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why does it take a train so long to stop.

Mayor Maynot - 1/28/2014 2:28 PM
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Dodge ball with a train #8 ^]], Death wish. Don't play with trains.

glenn - 1/28/2014 2:00 PM
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how bad is it?
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