UPDATE: Victim identified after being hit by train, railroad releases more information
Police have released the name of the woman hit and killed by a train on Tuesday, and the Alaska Railroad has released more information on what happened.
The victim has been identified as 23-year-old Skyler Luke. Police say she lived in Anchorage.
Tim Sullivan, spokesperson for the Alaska Railroad, says the evening of the incident, the train crew noticed something dark in between the tracks about a quarter-mile away. The crew blew the horn and applied the brakes.
As the train got closer to the dark figure, Sullivan says the crew continued to sound the horn and brake, and when the train was within "a couple dozen yards" of the dark figure, it became clear that it was a person, who then sat up.
Sullivan says that for a traveling train, that distance means just a matter of seconds before Luke was struck. He said the train crew saw no indication that she tried to get out of the way, or that there was another person there.
Anchorage police said a woman died Tuesday evening, after she was hit by an Alaska Railroad train.
APD said Arctic Boulevard is closed in both directions at the Dowling Road overpass, due to the fatal collision involving a pedestrian and a train.
According to MJ Thim, spokesperson for APD, the woman was on the tracks; however, police do not know if she was walking, sitting or standing on the tracks. Thim added that it was the Alaska Railroad workers who called police.
Currently, the train is stopped in the northbound lane, police said.
Thim advised that drivers avoid the area and use alternate routes. The area will be closed for several hours, but police say an APD Nixle alert will be sent out when the road reopens.
APD said the investigation will be coordinated between the Anchorage Police Department and the Alaska Railroad Police.