Police responded to a call from Union Pacific Railroad of a woman who had been hit by a train early this morning (July 20) on Sedalia's east side near 4th and Garfield.  Witnesses say that the woman stood in front of the train intentionally.

Sedalia Police commander David Woolery confirmed that the woman, identified as Lydia R. Otten, was struck by a train around 7:20 a.m.  Witnesses told police that the woman was standing in the grass as the train approached.  She then stepped onto the tracks facing the train and waited for the train to hit her.  She did not survive her injuries.