SAN JOSE -- A female pedestrian died Tuesday afternoon when she was run over by a tractor at a construction site at San Jose City College, officials reported. It was unclear if the victim was a construction worker, student, teacher or visitor to the campus south of downtown.

Tuesday afternoon, the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office was attempting to contact next of kin for the woman, described as being in her 40s.

Rita Cepeda, chancellor of the San Jose Evergreen Community College District, said the accident happened at 11:50 a.m.

Cepeda said paramedics tried to rescusitate the woman at the scene and then took her to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center nearby.

"Nothing is more important than the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and visitors while on our campus," Cepeda said in a prepared statement. "This was a tragic accident, one that we will work closely with all investigating units to determine how it happened and how it might have been prevented."

Investigators with Cal-OSHA, the state agency that looks into workplace accidents, were called on to the scene shortly after noon by college officials. All construction on the campus was shut down for the day following the incident.

Summer school on the campus ended on July 25, and classes are not scheduled to resume for the fall session until Sept. 3. Construction of various new facilities was made possible by bonds approved by voters in 1999, 2004 and 2010, according to the school website.


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Staff writer Eric Kurhi contributed to this story.