DUNKIRK – The Dunkirk woman killed by a train Wednesday morning was trying to save a dog when she was struck. police said Friday.
The woman has been identified as Athena Dipirro, 37.
Dipirro was walking with her boyfriend’s dog along the railroad tracks just after midnight.
The dog, which investigators believe wasn’t on a leash, got on to the tracks as a westbound CSX freight train approached.
Police believe Dipirro was trying to get the dog off the tracks when the train struck them, killing both.
Police were called to an area of the tracks west of Middle Road at about 12;04 a.m.
“This was a tragic accident and our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family and the CSX train personnel as well,” Dunkirk Police Chief David C. Ortolano said in a written statement.