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Woman hit by train; body found in Saugatuck River

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WESTPORT, CT (WFSB) -

A police investigation shows that a woman was walking across a railroad bridge when she was hit by a train and her body was knocked into the Saugatuck River on Thursday.

An unidentified duck hunter, who was in a kayak, noticed the body of 45-year-old Annette L. White floating near the mouth of the river, police said. The hunter stayed near the body until Westport firefighters were able to retrieve it.

A train passenger reported to police the train that they were on made an emergency stop over the Saugatuck River.

Investigators reviewed the video surveillance from the Saugatuck train station which showed the "train personnel exiting the train and searching around the lead car."

On Monday afternoon, the Westport Police Department, assisted by MTA police, the Westport Fire Department and the Fairfield Police Department Marine Division, located a cell phone and earring that belonged to White. Those items were discovered under the tracks where the Metro-North Railroad train stopped.

Police said they believe White was unfamiliar with the area and crossed the Saugatuck River on the opposite side from the pedestrian walkway. She would be hit by the train in that area. 

Police said White's injuries "were consistent with someone who had been struck by a train."

The crash is believed to be accidental in nature, police said.

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