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Police Release Identity of Man Hit by Freight Train

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Jonathan Hernandez1 year ago

The identity of a man who was hit by a freight train and suffered severe injuries has been identified.

Details about the Freight Train Accident

Syracuse News is reporting that authorities have identified the man who was severely injured after he was hit by a freight train on Tuesday while he was walking along the tracks.

The man, who has been identified as 35-year-old Armand Berg, was walking in the middle of the train tracks a little after 5 p.m. at the intersection of Vine Street and Commerce Boulevard in the town of Saline, which is just south of the village of Liverpool, according to the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office.

Berg was hit by a 67-car CSX freight train that was traveling in the same direction. The conductor of the train sounded the horn when he spotted Berg on the tracks and began to stop the train, the sheriff’s office said in a news release. Berg did not move off the track and was hit just south of the Vine Street crossing.

As a result of the accident, Berg suffered severe traumatic leg injuries and was rushed to the Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse where he later underwent surgery. Berg remains in critical condition following the accident.

Traffic in the area was blocked for several hours after the accident while police and deputies collected evidence and conducted their preliminary investigation into the accident.

Important Information about Train Accidents

According to Operation Lifesaver Rail Safety Education:

  • In 2014, there were a total of 264 train-related fatalities in the United States, and another 857 reported injuries.
  • Fifty percent of all traffic accidents happened within five miles of the victim’s home.
  • A motorist is about 20 times more likely to die in a collision with a train than in a collision with another motor vehicle.

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