Law enforcement block off a Canadian Pacific Freigth train on Margaret Street near where it hit and killed an elderly man after he stepped in front of it.
Photo by Stephen Bartlett.
Plattsburgh An elderly man was killed after he stepped in front of a train as it crossed Margaret Street in the City of Plattsburgh.
“It appeared he tried to get in front of the train, but it is unclear whether he was trying to cross to beat the train,” said Plattsburgh City Police Chief Desmond Racicot.
The incident remains under investigation as police try and determine whether the death was accidental.
It was shortly after 2 p.m. Friday when the Canadian Pacific Freight train traveling north to south hit the elderly man, who stepped in front of it as it crossed Margaret Street in the City of Plattsburgh.
The train, stopped just short of Miller Street, was lined with police tape, with two law enforcement vehicles, lights flashing, at the head of the train, and several more parked in various locations as the train stretched past Riley Avenue.
The train blocked traffic at crossings at Margaret Street, Riley Avenue and Boynton Avenue.
City Police rerouted traffic around the accident
Witnesses watched as the train slammed on its brakes. They saw a man being dragged underneath, causing them to remember a suicidal man, who stepped in front of a Canadian Pacific Freight train in October of 2009
Friday’s incident slowed traffic along Miller Street as people driving and walking by looked to determine what had happened.
“It is a fatality, and it is under investigation,” Racicot said. “We don’t know if it was an accident or intentional.”
Rescue crews responded to the scene with City Police, as well as New York State Police and University Police.
City Police will use a high-tech scanner to attempt to recreate the accident scene.
Canadian Pacific Railway Police were in the area conducting special training and have already been notified.
Racicot said that because of its shape and size, a train gives the illusion is is not traveleing as fast as it is.
“But it is moving faster than it appears.”