EAST PALESTINE, Ohio (WKBN) – East Palestine police and fire departments responded to an accident in which a Norfolk Southern train hit a pedestrian on Tuesday.
It happened around 10:33 p.m. in the area of W. Main Street. The coroner’s office was also called.
Police described the victim as a man in his late teens to early twenties with dark hair, wearing a red t-shirt and tennis shoes.
“We were notified of a train versus pedestrian incident. We responded to the scene, handled all operations on scene and the investigation is ongoing by Norfolk Southern Police and East Palestine Police Department currently,” said East Palestine Fire Department Chief Joshua Brown.
According to Norfolk Southern, the train was headed to Chicago from New Jersey and that there were no reported injuries to the crew.
While investigating the accident, police found three stowaways on the train and arrested them. They’re facing charges of criminal trespassing.
Officials from Norfolk Southern issues the following statement on the accident:
Yesterday evening around 10:30 p.m., a westbound Norfolk Southern train struck an individual on the tracks in East Palestine, Ohio, near W Main Street. Unfortunately the individual suffered fatal injuries. The incident is reported to have occurred away from a railroad crossing.
The train involved was in route to Chicago from Croxton, NJ. There were no reported injuries to the crew. The details of the incident are being investigated.
While our thoughts are with the family of the victim, this is a tragic reminder that all pedestrians should avoid walking along railroad tracks and only cross at posted crossings.Norfolk Southern Corporation
“Given the location of the incident, there was really no bystanders, no witnesses other than the train crew,” said Chief Brown.
Chief Brown said they cleared the scene around 1:30 a.m.
“We responded to this overpass located just behind us here. The incident actually took place about 50 feet east of that,” he said.
East Palestine police are asking anyone with information about the victim or potential next-of-kin to contact the police department.