DUNKIRK – A 55-year-old man was killed Sunday afternoon when he was struck by a train at a crossing on Main Street near Marsden Street, Chautauqua County Coroner Richard Mackowiak said.
The pedestrian, who was believed to be a Dunkirk resident, was pronounced dead at the scene, Mackowiak said. His name, being withheld pending notification of family members, is expected to be released Monday.
Dunkirk Police Sgt. Christopher Witkowski said the victim was walking along the tracks shortly before 4:15 p.m. when he was struck from behind by the train and dragged a short distance beneath the wheels of a freight car.
“It was no fault of the engineer’s. They were operating within restrictions,” said Witkowski, who added the train was traveling below its 40 mph speed limit.