Saturday, September 02, 2000

Man killed walking in front of train

Victim dragged about 50 feet, police report

The Associated Press

        HAMILTON — An unidentified man was struck and killed by a train Friday evening near a railroad crossing in the city, authorities said.

        The man was walking north on the right side of a dual set of tracks about 100 yards north of the crossing and then walked over to the left set of tracks, stepping in front of a northbound Norfolk Southern train, said police Lt. Scott Scrimizzi. The train was about 60 feet behind the man when he stepped in its path, Lt. Scrimizzi said.

        The engineer slammed on the brakes and blew the air horns, but the man did not move and the train could not stop in time, Lt. Scrimizzi said. The train struck the man and dragged him about 50 feet.

        Gary Hoffman, an engineer for CSX Corp., said he was driving his car in the area when he heard the train's brakes and horns.

        “I drove over here and saw a body underneath the train and thought, 'Oh my God, that's a person,'” Mr. Hoffman said.

        Rudy Husband, a spokesman for Norfolk Southern, said Friday night the company will work with Hamilton authorities in their investigation of the accident.

        “This is certainly a tragedy,” said Mr. Husband. “It is just another example of how dangerous it is to trespass on railroad property.”

        A full, 40-ounce bottle of beer was found next to the tracks near the body, but Lt. Scrimizzi said he did not know whether alcohol was a factor in the accident.


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