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September 2, 2012

Train accident kills local man

NORMAN — A northbound Burlington North Santa Fe train struck and killed an unidentified pedestrian in the area of Boyd Street and the rail crossing Saturday morning.

Norman Police responded to a report of a train/pedestrian accident at approximately 10:30 a.m. and described the victim as an “adult white male” in a statement released later that day.

The incident closed the Boyd, Brooks and Lindsey St. crossings, and remains under investigation by Detective Madden of the Criminal Investigations Division and members of the Norman Police Collision Investigation Reconstruction Team.

Saturday’s fatality is Norman’s third train vs. pedestrian incident in two months, the two previous incidents being a fatal collision July 9 and a non-fatal collision August 8, in which the victim, 45 year old Mitchell Hammons, suffered the loss of both legs.

A similar string of train vs. pedestrian incidents took place in 2009, in which a teenaged victim in Norman and two adult victims in Moore were struck on the rails in February, March and November, respectively.

The victim’s identity from Saturday’s incident is being withheld pending family notification.

Caitlin Schudala 405-366-3541 cschudala@normantranscript.com

 

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