October 25, 2014

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Man struck, killed by train

LifeCare Ambulance paramedics walk to the scene Sunday where a man was fatally struck by a train near North Street between West Bridge and Chestnut streets in Elyria. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

LifeCare Ambulance paramedics walk to the scene Sunday where a man was fatally struck by a train near North Street between West Bridge and Chestnut streets in Elyria. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — A 53-year-old homeless man was struck and killed by an eastbound Norfolk Southern freight train around 4:05 p.m. Sunday off North Street between Chestnut and West Bridge streets.

A shirtless Kenneth Sheldon laid on his back on the south side of the tracks several feet from the stopped train around 4:55 p.m. when police officers placed a sheet over him. Two plastic bags with Sheldon’s belongings were near his body.

Firefighter Bryant Lieux said a Norfolk Southern employee told him Sheldon was lying on the tracks and sat up before being struck. Lieux said Sheldon was dead when firefighters arrived at the scene. Lorain County Coroner Dr. Stephen Evans said Sheldon died of multiple blunt force trauma. He said while no note was found at the scene, the death is believed to have been a suicide.

Norfolk Southern spokesman Dave Pidgeon wrote in an email that the two crew members on the train were uninjured. Pidgeon said he didn’t know the speed of the 4,958-ton train at the time of the crash, but the speed for the area is 60 mph.

The 5,673-foot-long train was headed from Bellevue to Buffalo, N.Y. Trains in both directions were stopped for about 90 minutes after the crash.

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129  or egoodenow@chroniclet.com.


  • Melissa Merrill Snyder

    May he find peace in the afterlife. To his family and friends, I extend my sympathies.

  • mdr12372

    heartbreaking

  • megan sheldon

    I misss my dadddy :( ‘ I love you so much

    • Chris

      Sweetheart, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know your father is in Heaven looking down on you. I pray God provides you with peace and surrounds you with his love.

  • Alyssa Sayers

    RiP uncle Kenny we all love & miss you

    • Chris

      My condolences to you and the rest of your family.

    • Shannon Young

      Alyssa so sorry for your families loss. You, your family and your grandparents are in the Youngs prayers. Please let your grandma and Grandpa know Ron and I are thinking of them in this terrible time of your famlies grief.

  • Danielle Welborn

    He wasnt homeless!!! Plus.. it wasnt a suicide either. RIP Uncle Ken! See ya when I see ya :)

  • Joyce Wagner Partin

    My heart goes out to his family. I’m so sorry for your loss. :(