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July 26, 2014

Man killed self by stepping in front of train, police say

A man committed suicide by stepping in front of an oncoming train Saturday morning near Lincoln and Washington, police said.

A man committed suicide by stepping in front of an oncoming train Saturday morning near Lincoln and Washington, police said.

Police think the man, who was 33, was homeless, said Wichita police Sgt. Brian Sigman. Police said later Saturday that the man’s family has been notified, but his name is not yet being released.

Shortly before 8 a.m., police received a report of a pedestrian-train accident in the 800 block of East Lincoln, just west of Washington. Police found a man’s body, and he was pronounced dead at 8:03 a.m. Based on witness statements, police think it was a suicide, Sigman said.

As the train was coming north, the man walked toward the tracks and appeared to intentionally step in front of the train, Sigman said. “The conductors did all they could to react.” The train, going about 30 mph with 114 cars extending south almost to Mount Vernon, couldn’t stop in time, he said.

The stoppage of the train on the tracks blocked traffic on Lincoln and Harry.

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