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Victim ID’d in fatal CSX train-pedestrian accident in Wapakoneta

Published: Friday, December 01, 2017 @ 7:13 PM
Updated: Saturday, December 02, 2017 @ 5:15 PM
By: Breaking News Staff

UPDATE @ 5:15 p.m. (Dec. 2)

The victim of the fatal train-pedestrian crash was identified as a 32-year-old Wapakoneta woman.

Kimberly Simpson was pronounced dead at the scene, Wapakoneta police said. No foul play is suspected, but police are still gathering information from witnesses as part of its investigation.

UPDATE @ 11:36 p.m. (Dec. 1)

There is no indication of foul play in the death of a pedestrian hit by a CSX train in Wapakoneta, Police Chief Calvin Schneider said. 

Police are continuing the investigation, interviewing witnesses, and they are making sure all family members are notified before the department releases the victim's name, the chief said in a prepared statement. 

The statement does not indicate whether the victim is male or female. 

Police received a call just before 5:30 p.m. about the accident at the CSX crossing at Auglaize Street. They arrived within a minute and found the pedestrian deceased, the chief said. 

A CSX official earlier incorrectly stated that the accident occurred in the area of North Street.

The city fire department, CSX police, Auglaize County Sheriff's Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol assisted in the investigation.

INITIAL REPORT (Dec. 1)

A pedestrian has been hit and killed by a CSX freight train in Wapakoneta and the Auglaize County coroner has been called to the scene.

A CSX spokeswoman said Auglaize County sheriff’s deputies and Wapakoneta police confirmed the fatal incident occurred near North Street just before 5:30 p.m.

There were no injuries to the two-man crew, the spokeswoman said.

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The train was headed to Cincinnati. It consists of four locomotives, 83 rail cars loaded with mixed freight and 16 empty rail cars, the spokeswoman said.

“CSX would like to extend its deepest sympathies to everyone impacted by this event,” she said. “We appreciate the assistance of the local first responders on site.”

Local authorities will determine when the train will be allowed to leave.

A city police department dispatcher tells us the chief will issue a statement about the incident. We will update this report. 

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