WISCONSIN RAPIDS (WAOW) - The name of a Wood County woman who was hit and killed by a train in Wisconsin Rapids has been released.
Police say Joyce Huber, 80, of Wisconsin Rapids was crossing the tracks Sunday afternoon. They say Huber tried crossing the tracks at the intersection of Riverview Expressway and West Grand Avenue.
"The horn of the train had blown several times,” said deputy chief Randy Jahns of the Wisconsin Rapids police department. “There were crossing gates at that intersection. The crossing gates were down and the signal lights were also activated."
Witnesses told police she tried crossing before the train went by.
"They say the lady as she was crossing approaching the railroad tracks appeared to speed up as though she was trying to beat the train across the tracks," said Jahns.
This is the second time someone has died crossing train tracks in Wood County within the past few months. Police want to make sure it doesn't happen again.
"They need to ad heed to the warning signs here are the crossing arms the flashing lights the horn of the approaching train," said Jahns. "By law if there is an approaching train, you have to wait give way to the train before continuing on your way."