An unidentified man was struck and killed by a train early Saturday morning in Dunkirk.
According to Dunkirk police, officers responded to a report of a subject struck by a train near Pike Street. Preliminary investigation revealed that a male was struck and killed by a westbound CSX train near Woodrow Avenue around 3:20 a.m.
According to Carla Groleau, CSX spokesperson, the train had three locomotives and 18 cars carrying mixed freight. The train originated in Newark, N.J. and was traveling to the Chicago area. Following the accident, the tracks were closed until 7:30 a.m. and normal train traffic resumed at 10:30 a.m. While it is unknown how fast the train was traveling, Groleau said the maximum track speed is 60 mph.
An ambulance positioned near the scene of an accident involving an unidentified man and a CSX train in Dunkirk early Saturday morning.
Photo by Chip Riewaldt
The investigation is ongoing pending positive identification of the victim and notification of family. The Dunkirk Police were assisted by the Dunkirk Fire Department, CSX Investigators and the Chautauqua County Coroner's Office. The last pedestrian-train fatal in Dunkirk was on Oct. 21, 2012, when Steven Jewell, 55, of Park Avenue was killed. He had been walking along the tracks when he was hit by a Norfolk Southern Railroad train. No charges were filed.