Freight train in Denton

Authorities investigate a train crash near South Bell Avenue and East Hickory Street on Wednesday. A female pedestrian struck by a train Wednesday morning was pronounced dead at the scene near the train tracks near Bell Avenue at about 6 a.m., authorities have said.

This story was updated at 7 a.m. to include the time of the crash.

A female pedestrian struck by a train Wednesday morning was pronounced dead at the scene near the train tracks near Bell Avenue at about 6 a.m., authorities have said.

The Denton Police Department was working the crash Wednesday morning and closed Robertson Street at Bell Avenue, but the road was open again by 2 p.m. Investigators were seen going in and out of a Union Pacific freight train near Bell and East Hickory Street.

An initial report didn’t say what the train was carrying, but police spokesperson Amy Cunningham confirmed the train was heading north to Oklahoma.

Police spokesperson Allison Beckwith said police believe they know the identity of the woman, but they had not confirmed it by Wednesday evening.

The department said on social media there was a large police presence at the scene near the intersection of Robertson and South Bell as they worked through the crash. South Bell remained open while authorities were at the scene.

Wednesday’s fatality is the first in almost two years involving a train. Eleven people have died after automobile crashes this year, and three have been pedestrians.

Cunningham confirmed the last time someone died following a train crash was in July 2019. Joseph Patrick Whelan, 53, of Corinth died after being struck by a Denton County Transportation Authority train in the 2300 block of Brinker Road.

The last fatal automobile crash in Denton killed three people on May 23 on U.S. Highway 380. Jordan Nicole Dodson, 31, of Providence Village was found dead at the scene, and two young sisters, Kimberly and Karoline Satterfield, under 5 died at a hospital.

ZAIRA PEREZ can be reached at 940-566-6882 and via Twitter at @zairalperez.

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