SALINEVILLE - A Haiti Road man, who authorities have declined to name at this time, is in critical but stable condition after being struck by a train Friday night in Salineville.
With various agencies still investigating, village fire and police officials declined to speculate whether the incident was an accident or a suicide attempt. However, according to a report taken by the Salineville Police Department, the man was seen stepping in front of the train by the train's engineer.
Police responded to the train tracks near Hunter Alley, just off of state Route 39 on the eastern end of the village, for a report of a man hit by train around 6:30 p.m. Friday. The Salineville Volunteer Fire Department's first responder's unit arrived on the scene to find the man conscious and alert according to village fire chief Jeff Lewis. Lewis said the victim's injuries appeared to be critical.
The man was transported by KLG Ambulance to the Salineville Baseball Complex on state Route 644 where village and Franklin Township fire fighters had set up a helicopter landing zone. A Stat-Medevac helicopter life-flighted the man to UPMC Hospital in Pittsburgh according to Police Chief Andrew Straley. Updates on the victim's condition were not available at press time Saturday.
The investigation of the incident has been turned to federal agencies such as the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Railroad Administration according to Straley. Norfolk Southern and Post 15 of the Ohio State Highway Patrol are also helping investigate the incident.