Subject airlifted after train accident

Local police and EMS personnel respond to an incident involving a train and a pedestrian around 4 p.m. Friday in the area of Ohio 15 and County Road M.

Area law enforcement responded to two reports of people being struck by a train within the last six days, but only one actually involved a pedestrian.

The first accident was reported at 4 p.m. Friday near the intersection of Ohio 15 and County Road M. The Montpelier police and fire departments responded with Williams County EMS. The victim was flown from the scene by Life Flight to a regional hospital but no other information has been released.

“A person walking on the tracks was struck by one of our trains,” said Norfolk Southern Media Relations Manager Connor Spielmaker. “Any incident involving a member of the public is upsetting and we hope this person makes a full recovery. We’d be remiss if we didn’t say that train tracks are simply no place for the public — trains operate at all hours of the day and night and there is never a safe time to be walking along tracks.”

A second pedestrian strike was reported at 2:51 a.m. Sunday on County Road 19 at County Road P, Alvordton, but the initial report was in error.

“One of our trains was traveling through the area and noticed a car accident with no emergency responders on scene,” Spielmaker said. “It was close to our tracks. The train crew advised our dispatchers of that, who in turn notified 911 locally in case their response needed us to halt traffic so they could safely assess the scene. We were not otherwise involved and no trains were held.”

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