Victim In Friday Train Accident Had Troubled Past

September 27, 2013 Updated May 22, 2010 at 9:14 PM EDT

By WKBW Programming

September 27, 2013 Updated May 22, 2010 at 9:14 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW ) Buffalo Police confirm with "Eyewitness News" that the victim killed in a Buffalo train accident Friday afternoon was 37 year old Sandra Abrams, the same person who admitted to stealing from area church goers in November of 2009.

At that time Abram's mother recognized her daughter from surveillance clips and turned her in hoping she would get rehabilitation for suspected drug addiction.

Just last March, Abrams did not show up for a scheduled court sentencing, after walking out of her court ordered drug treatment program.

The accident that apparently claimed Abrams life happened near Niagara and Albany Streets on the West Side of Buffalo Friday. CSX workers contacted authorities to report a woman had been struck by an Amtrak train. Two hours after the call, police removed the body of a woman in her 30's.

"The police were summoned at about 3:50 Friday afternoon. We're in contact with the railroad authorities. It's believed that the woman was struck sometime just about 3:50 p.m.," said Dennis Richards, Chief of Detectives for the Buffalo Police Department.

The accident happened on the train tracks at the foot of Albany Street along the Niagara River. The location is not a typical route for pedestrians.

The same Amtrak train that struck and killed Abrams Friday has now killed a second person in Toronto, Ontario.

The second accident happened around 12:30a.m. Saturday morning. The train was empty and leaving Toronto's Union Station for cleaning, when officials say it struck and killed a man walking across the tracks.

Toronto Police stated, "There was a male adult on the tracks. He was struck by the train and has since been declared deceased by emergency medical services. The coroner has been notified, detectives from the 14th Division are on the scene as well as traffic services. The investigation is continuing."

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