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Woman killed by Amtrak train in Bellingham identified

Bellingham Police officers investigate Monday night's suicide on the railroad tracks at Pine and Wharf streets south of downtown.
Bellingham Police officers investigate Monday night's suicide on the railroad tracks at Pine and Wharf streets south of downtown. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

A woman who killed herself Monday night by sitting on train tracks south of downtown Bellingham has been identified.

She was Jeni Lynn Studer, 37, said Dr. Gary Goldfogel, Whatcom County medical examiner. Her last known residence was in the Everson area, he said.

Goldfogel ruled the woman’s death a suicide, saying Studer left notes detailing her intentions.

Studer died about 7:25 p.m. Monday as she sat on the tracks at Pine and Wharf streets, where the tracks cross the road near the south end of Cornwall Avenue, BNSF Railway and Bellingham Fire officials said. She ignored warning blasts from the locomotive’s horn.

She was hit and killed by a southbound Amtrak passenger liner that left Vancouver, B.C., Monday afternoon. Its crew was shaken by the incident and asked for time off, an Amtrak official said.

Five trains were delayed as the tracks were closed for nearly three hours during the investigation, BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas said.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty

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