Updated: Train Kills Woman, 67, in Town of Waukesha

Late Tuesday afternoon accident remains under investigation.

Editor's Note: This article was updated at 3:05 p.m. Thursday to reflect the cause of death and the woman's identity.

The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department has identified the 67-year-old Town of Waukesha woman killed by a train on Tuesday as Lila Mallman.

Authorities have ruled her death as a suicide.


A train hit and killed a 67-year-old female pedestrian around 4 p.m. Tuesday in the Town of Waukesha.

The accident occurred near Lawnsdale Road by Fox River Church. Lawnsdale Road was blocked off from just west of the church to Center Road.

From the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department:

The initial investigation indicates that a 67-year-old female from Waukesha was struck by the Canadian National train in the functioning crossing on Lawnsdale Road. The female was pronounced deceased on scene. There were no other injuries.

The 110-car Canadian National train was travelling southbound.

This incident remains under investigation by the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department. The Canadian National Railroad Police will also be completing an investigation into the incident.

The City of Waukesha had two fatal train vs. pedestrian accidents in 2011 and in 2012.

Michael A. Crowley January 30, 2013 at 12:16 AM
Train! I was at Sheriff's Office when deputies scrambled to the accident. Sad there was a fatality.
michelle January 30, 2013 at 12:23 AM
I feel sorry for the family.
Charlie DeTrees January 30, 2013 at 12:31 AM
Those trails, man. Come out of nowhere. Trail got a bunch of us in 'Nam. Wasn't pretty.
Sarah Millard (Editor) January 30, 2013 at 12:43 AM
Yes Charlie, made a mistake. Computer kept freezing and hit publish before I could change it.
Aaron Perry January 30, 2013 at 03:03 AM
Terrible to hear. This is so close to my house. Prayers go out to the family and friends of the victim.
Lee January 30, 2013 at 03:08 AM
Very terrible thing. Prayers to lady's family and also to the train men running the train. I know it's hard on them aS well.
Ryan McIntyre January 30, 2013 at 04:26 AM
@Charle - You couldn't refrain from making humor out of the typo? And then a Nam joke? This is a sad story. Pretty classless on your part. Prayers to the family.
michelle January 30, 2013 at 05:43 AM
I agree with you Ryan! People do make mistakes. But to make humor out of a typo. Is totally stupit. I also agree when you said this is a sad story. I don't care what anybody says about when a person gets hit by a train. And dies. Or when someone gets killed in a car accident. My cousin got killed by a drunk driver 3 years ago. And to this day it still hurts. I don't even know this lady. But I feel sorry for them. My prayers and thoughts are with the family through this tough time.
Little Miss January 30, 2013 at 08:45 AM
So stupit!!!
Waukesha Girl January 30, 2013 at 01:57 PM
Maybe Charlie should have stayed in "nam". To be joking when a family's entire world has changed forever is neither funny or wanted. My condolences to the family.
jodi January 30, 2013 at 02:44 PM
Sad story but on another note... Seems there are an awful lot of typos on the Waukesha Patch. Thought reporters were professionals. Perhaps spellcheck and proofreading would be helpful???
michelle January 30, 2013 at 03:51 PM
Jodi! Just to let you know. NOBODY in this world is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes. I'm sure you have made mistakes in your life.
Waukesha Girl January 30, 2013 at 04:05 PM
Can't believe all the naysayers about one spelling error. Hope you all do not live in glass houses. I could have sworn the article was about a train accident, and someone losing their life. Not about one typo. Spellcheck would not have found it - give it a rest people. A family is grieving right now, that should be the concern.
Shawn Prebil January 30, 2013 at 05:14 PM
Am I reading this right? A story about a person being KILLED by a train and most of the comments have to do with a type-o in an online news source? This just in... all news occasionally has errors. Man some people are cold.
Tim Jandt January 30, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Very sad indeed. If she was a pedestrian, it makes you wonder if it was a suicide? We seem to have had more than our fair share of those in Waukesha over the years. Horrible grief for the family and for the conductor of the train.
dan d January 30, 2013 at 05:34 PM
Looks to me like Jodi could use some help with her punctuation errors. Three periods and 3 question marks to end a sentence.
Zabular Cranton January 30, 2013 at 08:42 PM
Would it be wrong to ask to see pictures of the accident scene?
Sarah Millard (Editor) January 30, 2013 at 09:10 PM
I will not be asking the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department for pictures. They had the road blocked off and I was not able to go closer. However, up-close pictures of the accident would not be appropriate or posted online.
gg January 31, 2013 at 01:11 AM
I was thinking the same thing.
Zabular Cranton January 31, 2013 at 05:04 PM
Thanks Sarah I understand.
kris February 01, 2013 at 04:41 AM
Likely a suicide. So selfish. No consideration for the trauma she caused the train engineers or heartache she caused her family/friends.
Annie Nominous February 01, 2013 at 07:48 AM
To Editor Millard: I have, for the most part, lost faith in journalists, but time and time again, you stand above the rest. I hope you stay true to yourself and your ethics...thanks.
gg February 01, 2013 at 09:20 PM
WOW, judgemental much? I feel sympathy and compassion for this person, even though she should have prayed for help instead of going this way. Oh well, she knows now. Anti-depressants make you suicidal too! Could have been that. :(


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