Angler hit, killed by train

PORT KENT - A dentist from New Jersey was killed when he was struck by a passenger train April 30.

Dr. William M. Bodnar, 62, from Newton, New Jersey, was out fishing with friends and relatives when he attempted to cross a railroad trestle over the AuSable River near Port Kent, police say.

Bodnar may have been attempting to fish from the trestle when the "Adirondack" Amtrak #68 train approached southbound.

According to police, Bodnar attempted to evade the train by running toward one end of the over 100-foot trestle, rather than jumping into the waters below. He was struck by the train and killed on impact.

Witnesses called 9-1-1 and State Police arrived at the scene at 2 p.m. Canadian Pacific Railroad Police also responded, and are assisting with the ongoing investigation.

Clinton County Coroner David F. Donah responded to the scene, where he pronounced Bodnar deceased and authorized removal of the body to the CVPH morgue for a May 1 autopsy.

The Amtrak train consisted of one engine and five passenger cars. It was carrying 80 passengers and was staffed by four crew members at the time of the accident. No injuries to train passengers were reported.

The train continued en route to Albany and points south. Rail traffic has not been redirected.

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