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    BREAKING NEWS: Elderly woman struck, killed by train Published on Thursday, May 03, 2007 The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan Family members of Mildred R. Vunk, 89,
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      BREAKING NEWS: Elderly woman struck, killed by train

      Published on Thursday, May 03, 2007
      The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan

      Family members of Mildred R. Vunk, 89, of Fonda, hug as they stand
      near her covered body next the tracks near Center Street in Fonda.
      Vunk was struck and killed by an Amtrak train shortly after 11 a.m.
      today.

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      FONDA — An elderly village woman was struck and killed by an Amtrak
      train today while walking at the railroad crossing on South Center
      Street near the U.S. Post Office.

      Mildred R. Vunk, 89, of Fonda was hit by an Amtrak train at
      approximately 11:10 a.m. She was pronounced dead at the scene by
      Montgomery County Coroner Joseph Riley, according to a news release
      from the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.

      Amtrak spokesman Cliff Cole said today the train was carrying 108
      passengers when it struck and killed Vunk. The train was headed from
      Albany to Syracuse.

      In 2005, 38-year-old Victoria Doyle of Johnstown was killed when her
      vehicle was struck by a freight train at the South Broadway crossing,
      just west of today's accident site.

      Montgomery County also was the scene of a railroad tragedy in 2003,
      when 8-year-old Eli Banks of Sprakers was killed when a freight train
      collided with a pickup truck in which he was riding. The accident
      occurred at the Spring Street crossing between Lock 14 and Route 5S.

      More information on today's tragedy will be in Friday's edition of The
      Leader-Herald.

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