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Woman Killed When Struck By 96-Car Train

A 24-year-old White Eagle woman died Thursday afternoon when she was struck by a northbound train southwest of Ponca City.

Authorities said Leslie Diane Little Cook was pronounced dead at the scene of the 4:20 p.m. accident, which occurred three miles south of U.S. 60 and one-quarter west of U.S. 177.

Witnesses told a sheriff's deputy that Little Cook and a group of friends were fishing and Littlecook was caught on a railroad bridge when the 96-car train arrived, said Kay County Undersheriff Sid Cookerly.

Reports indicated the train engineer tried to brake but couldn't stop soon enough to avoid the accident.

Kay County Medical Examiner M.V. Farquharson said the woman died from multiple injuries. Both the medical examiner and the Kay County Sheriff's Office have closed the investigation, satisfied the fatality was an accident.

Cookerly said railroad trains "are limited to where they can go. The best advice I can give is, stay off the tracks. It takes a train traveling on the tracks up to a mile to stop. There is no chance of outrunning one," Cookerly said.