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Disorientation may have led driver onto railroad tracks before fatal fire, police say

Skeletal remains of one person were found after a car fire Dec. 23, 2017, on railroad tracks near Holly Court in Kaukauna. (WLUK/Chris Schattl)

KAUKAUNA (WLUK) -- The person who died in a car fire on railroad tracks may have been a driver who became disoriented, Kaukauna police say.

The fire was reported early Saturday morning on railroad tracks along the Fox River near Holly Court. After the fire was put out, skeletal remains were found in the car.

After further investigation and interviews with witnesses, police on Tuesday say they believe the driver was an older woman who mistook the railroad tracks for the roadway. Police say it's possible the tires were flattened, causing sparking between the car's wheels and the railroad tracks. The sparking may have caused the fire and the woman was unable to get out of the car.

Police say they will not release the victim's name until testing can confirm the identity. That could take several weeks, officers say.

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