Abe to present letter commending woman who died saving elderly man

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has decided to present a letter of appreciation to the family of a woman who died while rescuing an elderly man at a railway crossing near Tokyo, a Japanese government official said Thursday.

The 40-year-old woman, Natsue Murata, was hit by a train while saving the 74-year-old man who was seen lying on the railroad tracks at the crossing in the city of Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, southwest of Tokyo.

Apart from the prime minister's letter of commendation, the National Police Agency also plans to present an award to Murata's family for her courageous action, the official said.

The award is given to people who have contributed to saving lives and in security and criminal investigations.

The incident occurred on Tuesday morning at the crossing on the JR Yokohama Line in Yokohama's Midori Ward.

Murata noticed the man lying face down on the tracks when the car she was riding in with her father stopped at the crossing. She was hit by the train after dragging the man off the tracks.

The man sustained serious injuries including a collarbone fracture.