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Ohio Pedestrian Killed by Train Which Was Obscured by Second Train at a Norfolk Southern Crossing

(Salem, Ohio – October 31, 2018)

A 62-year-old maintenance employee who had just completed his second shift duty at the American Standard plant in Salem, OH was killed as he tried to cross Norfolk Southern railroad tracks that separate the plant from the employee parking lot at about 11:51 PM, EDT, Wednesday night.

Frank Leasure of Carrollton, OH, was killed as he first waited for a westbound train to pass over the gated and lighted crossing of Newgarden Avenue and then, was struck by a second train that he likely didn’t see since it was blocked by the first train.

The second train, one of over 60 trains that cross Newgarden Avenue at maximum allowable speeds as high as 79 mph, consisted of only three locomotives, but could not stop in time to avoid the tragedy.

Salem Chief of Police J. T. Panezott referred to the crossing as “dangerous”.

SPD requested the second train’s event recorder to use in their investigation.

“This has been a problem down there for years,” Detective Talbert commented to Ms. Greier, as he also expressed condolences to the victim’s family.

“My heart goes out to that family,” Talbert said. “This guy was just getting off work and trying to gt home to his family,” he lamented.

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