Amtrak California Surfliner train. Photo by John Schreiber.
Example of Amtrak train, not the one involved in the distraught woman’s suicide. Photo by John Schreiber.

Tearful family members were forced Monday to deal with the death of a distraught woman who was killed by a westbound Amtrak train in a suicide over a broken love affair.

The investigation by Riverside police found the dead woman had been distraught over a recent breakup. The woman had left a nearby neighborhood just before she was killed and made comments to family members that she intended to commit suicide by stepping in front of a train, according to authorities.

There were no details yet available about the woman or the love affair that led to her suicide.

The fatality was reported to Riverside City Fire at 9:47 a.m. Sunday in the 7500 block of Railroad Avenue,  near the Jefferson Street crossing.

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Just before the train passed the crossing, the unidentified woman ran onto the tracks and was hit, according to Riverside police. The death investigation involved Amtrak and BNSF Railway police, along with the Riverside police and the Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner’s office.

The woman,  age unknown, was declared dead at the scene, firefighters said.

Riverside police remind residents that if they need or know someone who needs mental health help, they can contact the Suicide/Crisis Intervention Hotline through Community Connect at (951) 686-4357 or dial 2-1-1.

–City News Service

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