Death of fisherman struck by train in York County ruled accidental
FILE – A Norfolk Southern freight train rolls through Olmsted Falls, Ohio on July 28, 2009. The York County Coroner said a man was killed after being hit by a Norfolk Southern train Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
This story has been updated with the name of the deceased.
(New Cumberland) — The death of a man struck by a freight train as he was fishing from a Pennsylvania bridge has been ruled accidental.
The York County coroner said 25-year-old Ryan Amspacher and a male relative were fishing in New Cumberland on Sunday afternoon when they apparently were startled by the oncoming Norfolk Southern train.
The coroner said they apparently tried to run ahead of the train, but Amspacher was struck and sent about 40 feet down an embankment. He was pronounced dead at the scene of multiple blunt force trauma. The other person was reportedly taken to a hospital but a condition report wasn’t immediately available.
Norfolk Southern, which is investigating, issued a reminder that people should cross railroad tracks only at designated crossings and use extreme caution at all times.
An earlier version of this story appears below.
(New Cumberland) — It is believed a man was fishing when he was struck and killed by a train in York County.
The coroner tweeted the 20-year-old and another person reportedly were fishing from a bridge when they were startled by an oncoming freight train on Sunday. The coroner says they appeared to try to run ahead of the train, but the man was struck and was found 40 feet down an embankment. He died at the scene.
There is no word what happened to the other person.
The name of the man who was struck will be released after his relatives are notified.