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Nov. 7, 2013Stanton, IA |  By: AP

Train Death

Authorities say a woman who leaped to her death off an Amtrak train in southwest Iowa was a French tourist.

The woman's body was found near the tracks in Stanton on Monday night. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Montgomery County officials identified her as 31-year-old Stephanie Carine Hatt. Sheriff Joe Sampson says Hatt entered the United States last week. Sampson says Hatt was described as nervous and jumpy on the train, and a conductor tried to calm her. The sheriff says the woman suddenly got up, ran down an aisle, opened a door and jumped while the train was going nearly 80 miles an hour. An autopsy was ordered.