AMHERST — A man was killed about 11 p.m. Tuesday after being struck by a Norfolk Southern train near the intersection of South Dewey and Middle Ridge roads. About 11:45 p.m., the body of the man lay spread-eagle on his back by the side of the train tracks about 200 yards from the railroad overpass and a half-mile from the railroad gates at South Dewey Road.
Leonard Hartle, of 7570 S. Dewey Road, said he frequently sees people walking on the tracks, often on their way to go fishing at nearby ponds, even though the area is private property owned by Norfolk Southern railroad.
Hartle, who has lived by the railroad crossing since 1984, said there have been many accidents involving trains and vehicles, but this was the first time he recalled a pedestrian being struck.
“Police can’t sit out here 24 hours a day,” Hartle said as he stood by a police cruiser and fire engine near the accident scene.
Chief Deputy Assistant Coroner Dana Parsons said the man is expected to be identified later today.