Woman killed by Amtrak train near Little Italy

SAN DIEGO - A woman died after she was hit by an Amtrak train just west of Little Italy Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

The woman was hit on the southbound tracks near Hawthorn Street and Pacific Highway, a couple blocks north of the San Diego County Administration Building around noon.

The woman was still breathing when pulled from underneath the halted Amtrak train, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said, but she died on the way to the hospital. Officials said she was believed to be in her 30s or 40s.

Sheriff's Department investigators are looking into the events leading up to the fatal crash.

Train service in the area was delayed for several hours.