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Mattoon woman dead after train accident

Mattoon Police say Samantha Grider died Saturday after she tried to pass between two rail cars on a stopped train. Police believe she fell as the train was backing up.

A Mattoon woman is dead after being hit by a train.

Mattoon police say Samantha Grider died Saturday.

It happened in the 500 block of S. 21st St.

Police say the train was stopped and Grider tried to climb between two rail cars that were blocking the sidewalk next to the tracks. They say it looks like she fell down between the cars and then the train backed up.

Grider was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. No foul play is suspected.

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