The family of Jerlene Flemons Scott can't understand what would put the woman who was hit by a train out so late at night and so far from home. People who knew the woman believe the circumstances surrounding her death go against her nature.
Scott was a diabetic, preferred staying home in the warmth of her apartment and rarely ventured out. Her body was found shortly after midnight Wednesday morning on the railroad tracks near the Old Tyler Road-Powers Street crossing. A Union Pacific train hit her.
Scott's family and friends gathered at her Oak Hill Plaza Apartment, several miles away, about eight hours after the accident. Her sister, Sarah Lee Toler from Tyler spoke with Scott just last week on the phone. " She couldn't stand the cold and she just didn't get out in the cold and that's what I'm really worried about because she never went out in the cold that late at night and I don't understand. I want an explanation. I want to know what happened to my sister."
Nacogdoches Police stayed at the accident scene for about five hours. Orange paint marks where Scott's body was found. Pools of blood were still visible on the tracks. An autopsy will hopefully determine if Scott was alive when she was hit by the train.