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Woman Talking on Cellphone Struck and Killed by Speeding Train

A woman wandered onto train tracks while talking on her cellphone in Santa Barbara County Saturday morning, when she was hit by a fast-moving freight train and killed, authorities said.

She was fatally injured by a Union Pacific freight train near the Amtrak Station in Goleta at about 11:15 a.m., according to a statement from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department.

The woman, Suzanne Worsham, 49, was visiting a friend at a nearby homeless encampment, deputies said.

The train was traveling at about 60 mph at the time of the collision, according to the statement, and the train conductor sounded his horn several times before the woman was struck.

Worsham's death is under investigation but believed to be accidental, deputies said.

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