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Disabled Jamestown Pedestrian Injured in Railroad Accident

Jonathan Hernandez6 months ago

A Jamestown man was killed in a pedestrian accident that happened on Thursday.

Details about the Fatal Pedestrian Accident

WDAY news is reporting that a 60-year-old man from Jamestown was taken to the Jamestown Regional Medical Center this afternoon after he was hit by a BNSF train while on his electric wheelchair.

The accident reportedly happened at the BNSF crossing on 2nd Avenue Southeast in Jamestown at about 1:45 p.m., according to the Jamestown Police Department, who provided information at the scene of the accident.

The identity of the man and his condition have not been released by the hospital at this time.

The Jamestown Police Department indicated that it was the front-end of the train that hit the man, and that the train came to a stop about 75 short of the 1st Avenue crossing. The train remains stopped on the tracks for the remainder of the investigation into the accident

Important Information about Pedestrian/Train Accidents

According to an article in St. Louis Today, there are hundreds of wrongful deaths of pedestrians involved in train accidents every year in the United States:

  • There were a total of 442 pedestrian railroad fatalities in 2012.
  • While the number of accidents involving trains is on a steady decline, the number and rate of pedestrian railroad accidents in steadily increasing.
  • In 2012, the number of pedestrian railroad fatalities was the highest in six years. 


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