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September 19, 2013

Train Crossing Closed After Near Collision With Pedestrian

The rail crossing in Gorin at the intersection of Routes A and U was the site a massive search onSeptember 11th after rail road employees reported a pedestrian had been struck by a passing train. The alleged vicitm was later located unharmed.

A tragedy was averted on Wednesday night, when Scotland County emergency response personnel converged on Gorin following the report of a pedestrian being struck by a train.

According to the Scotland County Sheriff's Office, officials from the Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railroad contacted dispatch at 10:03 p.m. with a report that one of the company's trains had struck a pedestrian at the road crossing in Gorin.

The sheriff's office, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Scotland County Ambulance Service, Gorin Fire Department and area first responders converged on the scene.

Train traffic was stopped for approximately two hours as an extensive search of the area was performed looking for the victim.

According to investigators, the train's engineer reported that a white male between the ages of 30 and 45 with short hair, wearing blue jeans and no shirt was spotted on the tracks. Both the conductor and the engineer indicated the man was standing in the middle of the tracks as the train approached the crossing, which was closed by the crossing arm in preparation for the train crossing.

An emergency stop was initiated when both train workers believed that the pedestrian had been struck by the train.

The ensuing investigation by the sheriff's office identified the individual, who was located the following day, uninjured at an area residence.

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