RICHMOND, Ind. -
An Earlham College student was killed and two others were injured when they were struck by a train in Richmond.
Police said just after 1 a.m. Friday, officers responded to the depot district near North 8th and E streets on reports of a train accident involving three pedestrians.
When police arrived, they found a woman identified as Therese Heymann, 21, of Calif. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Sophomore Lenore Edwards and senior Graham Nissen were hospitalized with serious injuries, police said.
Earlham College spokesman Mark Blackmon said classes were suspended Friday after school administrators were notified about the accident.
"I think this is sort of a catastrophic type of blow to a college as small as we are. Anytime you lose a student, it's terrible. This particular incident with one student being killed and two others injured, it really does reverberate throughout the campus," Blackmon said.
The cause of the accident remained under investigation.
Earlham is a private school with about 1,200 students.
School officials sent out an email to their 1200 students Friday morning explaining what happened and announcing classes would be canceled for the day.
"This being such a small community at Earlham, you can definitely tell today everybody has been really quiet," said Earlham senior Chris Tillery. "There has already been a student gathering in the middle of campus and it kind of hit everybody."