April 23, 2014

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UPDATED: Man dead after being struck by train

Police and EMS search for a body on the railroad tracks on Wednesday night on the bridge overlooking East Bridge Street. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

Police and EMS search for a body on the railroad tracks on Wednesday night on the bridge overlooking East Bridge Street. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — A man was killed in an apparent suicide after being struck by a Norfolk Southern train about 9:50 p.m. Wednesday.

The conductor said the man was lying on the tracks before being hit, according to police radio transmissions. The identity of the man is expected to be released today.

The eastbound train hit the man behind the Spitzer Management Inc. building, 150 E. Bridge St., near the Amtrak station, according to police Sgt. Kenneth Ross.

The train, which included two locomotives and 139 cars, stopped a few hundred yards east of where the man was struck. It remained stopped early this morning.

The train was headed from Chicago to Bethelhem, Pa., according to Dave Pidgeon, a Norfolk Southern spokesman. Pidgeon wrote in an email that he was unsure of the speed of the train, but the posted speed limit in the area is 50 mph.

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

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  • mdr12372

    heartbreaking :(

  • karenwilliamsfoley

    Very very sad.

  • luvmytoaster

    Wow, did we really have to read about his torso being severed from his legs – couldn’t we just assume that?

    • stillsleepyeyes

      Nope….you didn’t have to read it at all………..headlines said it all………..

  • im heartless, so be it

    what an a$$hole.. hell is hot homie.. merry christmas to all, and to all ,shoot urself in the eye..

  • Jonelle Frasher Hunter

    Not sure who ‘they’ thought it was “Apparent” to? This man was far, very far from suicide! How dare they print an ASSumption on the front page of the newpaper, how dispicable!!!

    • Marlie

      I don’t understand why you are attacking them. Normal people do not lay down on railroad tracks and get ran over. It was either suicide or he was drunk.

      • Jonelle Frasher Hunter

        or he could have fell and got knocked out, they did say he was face down on the tracks! Suicide or drunk doesn’t matter, it is dispicable to print ASSumptions with no factual basis. This man has a wife and children and this is what the Newspaper chooses to print on the FRONT PAGE!
        Only ignorant self-centered immoral people could agree, or think it was ok for the newpaper to print this incident with such morbid details and non-fact bases ASSumptions!

        • Marlie

          face down? morbid details? Apparently we are not reading the same article. I am sorry for your loss.

      • Bob Owens

        Normal? What does that mean?