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September 04, 2014 03:36 PM

SD Woman Dies After Driving Car In Front Of Train

A western South Dakota woman is dead after her vehicle and a train collided.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol says 52-year-old Monica Westin drove in front of an oncoming train at a railroad crossing in Box Elder. The train struck Westin's 2003 Oldsmobile Alero in the driver's side rear door, dragged the vehicle for a short distance and then pushed it into a field.

Authorities say the Box Elder woman was thrown from the vehicle during the crash. Westin was wearing a seatbelt. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Patrol says the incident is under investigation.

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