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TICONDEROGA - A Ticonderoga man was killed by a Canadian Pacific Railway freight train as he was lying in a railroad tunnel near Fort Ticonderoga July 1.

Jeremy P. Crank, 38, of Snapping Turtle Way was apparently killed instantly when the northbound freight train struck him at 4:45 a.m., Ticonderoga police said.

The train's engineer, who was not identified, did not have enough reaction time once he saw Crank to stop the train before hitting him, police said.

Police said the train engineer does not appear to have been at fault and noted that Crank was trespassing on railroad property.

The narrow train tunnel runs under Fort Ticonderoga property for about a quarter mile.

The train stopped between the end of the tunnel and Pell's Crossing, about a half mile from Fort Ticonderoga Ferry Road (Route 74). Essex County Coroner Paul Connery of Ticonderoga pronounced Crank dead at the site.

The train was stopped for several hours while police investigated. The 47-car train had been en route to Rouses Point.

Police said no one on the train was injured, and there was no derailment.

Ti High fire

A special education classroom at Ticonderoga High School was gutted by an arson fire July 2, officials said.

The fire was reported when an alarm went off at 2:48 a.m., Ticonderoga police said. Firefighters contained it to one classroom, but that classroom was heavily damaged.

Investigators determined that papers were set ablaze to start the fire, possibly aided by an accelerant, and the arsonist apparently got in the school through an unlocked door.

Classes ended June 24, and the school has been closed in recent days because of construction.

There are surveillance cameras in the school, and police are analyzing them for leads, police said.

Anyone who saw suspicious activity around the Calkins Place school late July 1 or early July 2 is asked to call Ticonderoga police at 585-2205.

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