Gaston & Catawba

Train kills woman sitting on tracks

A woman who reportedly was sitting on railroad tracks was struck and killed by a train Tuesday night in Gastonia.

It happened about 10 p.m. along May Street near Brown Street in north Gastonia. That is a short distance north of Franklin Boulevard.

Gastonia police have identified the victim as Betty Darlene Nixon. They aren't sure why she was sitting on the tracks, but they say an investigation into the death is continuing.