A woman has died inside the engine carriage of a grain train in Western Australia in what appears to be a tragic accident.
The woman, who did not work for the train company, became trapped and died while the train was stationary — but when and why she entered the engine space remains unknown.
WA Police were called to reports of an unusual commotion at a train platform on private property in Albany’s CBD, next to a stationary commercial train, about 8.40pm on Friday.
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But while en route to the corner of York St and Proudlove Pde, responding officers were informed “that a woman may be in distress.”
“Upon arrival at the scene, it was established a woman had entered the engine carriage of the train and was trapped,” WA Police said.
“The woman had become unresponsive, and was unable to be freed or revived.”
A woman has died in the engine carriage of a grain train in Albany. Credit: 7NEWS
The woman’s death is not being treated as suspicious, and her identity is yet to be released as next of kin are notified.
Investigators are now working to determine when and how the woman came to enter the engine carriage, as well as the circumstances surrounding her death.
The train company CBH released a statement expressing sympathy towards the woman’s family.
“We are deeply saddened by the news of a person unknown to CBH found deceased on one of our trains. Our thoughts are with the person’s family and friends during this hard time,” it told 7NEWS.com.au.
“CBH is fully cooperating with authorities in their investigations into the matter. No further comment will be made while the matter is under investigation.”
A report will be prepared for the coroner.