Funeral planned for Benson woman who was hit, killed by freight train

Melissa Brooke Boucher in a photo released by her family to WNCN.

BENSON, N.C. (WNCN) – Funeral plans have been made for a woman who died when she was hit by a freight train Friday in Benson.

The victim was identified as Melissa Brooke Boucher, 33, of Benson.

The incident occurred near the Church Street crossing around 6 p.m.

Boucher worked as a secretary in the family business, Small World Travel in Benson.

Family members told WNCN that Boucher struggled for many years from Tourette syndrome, and that it’s likely Boucher took her own life in the incident.

From interviews with train personnel and a review of the on-board video, police determined that Boucher was on the tracks when she was struck.

Police said it’s unclear why she was on the tracks, but they did note that her home was immediately nearby.

“Our investigation has determined that no foul play was involved in this incident. In the absence of any additional information, the incident has been classified as an accidental death,” Benson Police Chief Kenneth Edwards said. “This is, however, still an obviously tragic situation, and we would like to express our condolences to the Boucher family, on the loss of their family member. Our thoughts will be with them during this difficult time.”

The family will receive friends Sunday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Rose and Graham Funeral Home, 301 W. Main St. in Benson and other times at the home.

Memorial Services will be held 2 p.m. Monday at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness, 702 Maple Ave. in Dunn.

Flowers are welcomed, however, donations may be made to the Tourette Association of America, at www.tourette.org.

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