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April 30, 2013

Local man killed by train


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Smith did say that it was evident the victim was headed northbound on the track, while the train was going south.
“For whatever reason, he didn’t see it; maybe he thought he was on a clean line, or a number of different things,” said Smith. “The fact is, he shared the same track (as the train) despite going in converging directions.”
Smith said that police will be working with railroad investigators to come to “some reasonable cause on why he was in position to be struck.”
The stopped train was released at approximately 9:30 p.m.
Smith reminded pedestrians that the tracks and adjacent property belong to the railroad company are considered private property upon which it is illegal to trespass.
“People who walk on the tracks are committing a violation of the law by being on those tracks,” said Smith, who said that many people who don’t have cars use the tracks as a shortcut when walking from one place to another. “(Obeying the law) would prevent a large number of fatalities across the country.”

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