April 8, 2013
[caption id="attachment_18718" align="alignnone" width="495"] A Delaware police officer talks to other local officials at the end of a CSX train that came to a stop Monday afternoon, south of a London Road crossing, after striking and killing a person who was on the tracks. (Gazette | Kate Liebers)
A pedestrian was fatally struck by a train Monday, Delaware city police reported.
The decedent’s identity was not immediately known. Police could not immediately comment on the person’s gender or age, and officers said the person’s name would not be revealed until the next of kin was contacted.
Police learned about the incident around 3:18 p.m., when CSX dispatchers reported a company train struck a pedestrian, Capt. Adam Moore said.
Officers found the person dead upon their arrival.
The body rested about 50 yards south of the London Road crossing, where the last car of the train came to a halt.
The Delaware City Fire Department and Delaware County coroner also were called to assist the investigation and to identify the pedestrian.
London Road was closed between Liberty Street and Curtis Street for about two hours while officials investigated the scene.
The area was cleared around 5:20 p.m., according to city officials.
The death comes two days before a train is scheduled to pass through the county as part of an awareness campaign about railroad crossing safety.
On Wednesday, a number of local officials are expected to ride the Norfolk Southern – Operation Lifesaver Whistle-Stop Train.
Stan Haas of the Delaware County Railroad Crossing Safety Task Force earlier said the object of the Lifesaver train trip “is to increase safety at crossings.”
Anyone trying to pass through a crossing in front of the train will be photographed, and local law enforcement agencies will be contacted.
Haas said such violations during past Lifesaver train excursions have resulted in citations.
The passengers will get a firsthand look via a camera mounted on the front of the locomotive. The images are transported to each car on television monitors.
The local leg of the trip will be from Columbus to Sharonville, near Cincinnati. The train will pass through Delaware County on its way to Columbus.