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Female Pedestrian Dies Crossing Busy NS Tracks in Ohio

By Pottroff & Karlin LLC |

(Amherst, Ohio – October 28, 2012)

An as-yet unidentified woman was killed at about 3:05 P.M. Sunday afternoon as she attempted to cross Norfolk Southern railroad tracks on foot in Amherst, OH.

The area where she was crossing has no level crossing, as tracks are elevated as they approach the Jackson Street Bridge.

Amherst Police Dept. Detective Lt. Dan Jasinski said the victim “was crossing the tracks when the engineer saw her and there was no way he could stop.” Her body was found east of the Church Street overpass and was removed by Lorain County Coroner’s Office personnel three and a half hours later.

At the Church Street Bar and Grille, a bartender said that no one had heard anything as the bar was packed with Pittsburgh Steeler football fans watching their game with the Washington Redskins, and patrons learned of the tragedy when they saw police, firefighters and coroner’s office employees scouring the scene for the woman’s body.

The Norfolk Southern operates an average of 94 trains daily at speeds of up to 60 mph through the city of Amherst.


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