UPDATE: Belle Plaine train incident ruled murder-suicide

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BELLE PLAINE, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Investigators say the May 4 incident where a woman and boy were hit by a train has been ruled a murder-suicide.

According to information released on Tuesday morning, investigators have determined 36-year-old Teresa Catherine Gerleman crossed the train tracks with her 8-year-old son as the train approached, but then returned to the center of the tracks as the train drew near and pulled her son onto the tracks at the last moment.

Investigators used information collected at Gerleman's home, along with interviews conducted with Union Pacific employees and video footage from the train, to reach their conclusion.
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The two people who died in the incident have been identified as Teresa Gerleman, 36, and her 8-year-old son Henry Fields.
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The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and Belle Plaine Police now say a 35-year-old woman and an 8-year-old male died when a train hit them on Friday.

Authorities are not releasing their names until family is notified.

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Union Pacific Railroad says two people have died after an incident that happened Friday morning.

DCI confirm they are investigating the incident, but say it is too early in the investigation to release any details.

Union Pacific Railroad says they hope to have tracks early later this afternoon.

Union Pacific Railroad says the train was going from Chicago, Illinois, to Nebraska.
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The Belle Plaine Police Department is investigating an incident involving a train and pedestrian.

Police say all railroad crossings will remain closed until further notice in the town.