Man struck, killed by train Wednesday in Nelliston; Montgomery County Sheriff investigating

Crews at the scene Wednesday

Crews at the scene Wednesday

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NELLISTON – A man was killed after being struck by a train in Nelliston Wednesday.

The incident occurred around 11:45 a.m., near River Street in the village, said Montgomery County Sheriff Jeffery Smith.

“The only thing I can tell you right now is that I will confirm that there was an incident, it was in Nelliston, not Fort Plain, I can’t release anything else at this time,” Smith said.

A coroner has been called to the scene, said Fort Plain Mayor Patrick Hanifin.

“The man appears to have committed suicide,” Hanifin said.

“I’ve lived here my entire life, and this is the first I’ve heard of something like this,” Hanifin said. “There’s been some accidents over the years, but never anything like this.”

Train traffic was stopped as a result, Montgomery County Dispatcher Mariah Ambrosino said Wednesday afternoon. The investigation remained ongoing, she said.

The Amtrak Northeast Twitter account, however, noted in a tweet just before 3 p.m. that its Empire Service Train 284 had been stopped, but was moving again and was 2 hours and 30 minutes late. The account earlier indicated just before noon that Train 284 had been stopped east of Utica “due to a trespasser incident.” Nelliston is about 40 miles east of Utica.

An Amtrak spokesperson issued a statement later:

“On March 15, Amtrak train 284 was traveling from Niagara Falls to New York City at approx. 11:30 a.m. when an individual who was trespassing on the track came into contact with the train east of Utica,” the statement read. “There have been no reported injuries to the passengers or crew onboard. Amtrak is working with local law enforcement to investigate the incident.”

By Natasha Vaughn-Holdridge

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