Man struck by train in Mifflin County, flown to hospital

mcarroll@centredaily.comDecember 30, 2012 

A 19-year-old man was reportedly struck by a train Sunday near McVeytown in Mifflin County.

An emergency dispatcher confirmed the man was injured and flown to Penn State Hershey Medical Center for treatment. No other details about his condition were available late Sunday.

It was first reported by emergency responders that a child was hit by a train along Horningford Road in Bratton Township. The dispatcher said responders at the scene later determined the young man’s age.

State police at Lewistown responded, but said in a news release Sunday evening that they would have no information to release. They said an investigation will be handled by Norfolk Southern railroad authorities.

Dave Pidgeon, a public relations manager with the railroad, had little information Sunday on the man or his condition.

Pidgeon said the man was struck around 12:05 p.m. Sunday by an eastbound train heading from Conway, outside of Pittsburgh, to Harrisburg. The track speed in the area is 65 mph, but Pidegon could not provide information on how fast the train was going.

He said there was no information about where the man was standing or what he was doing before he was hit by the train.

Pidgeon confirmed the man was taken to the hospital, but had no other information about his condition. There were no injuries reported to the train’s two-person crew.

The railroad company will continue with its internal investigation of the accident, Pidgeon said.

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