Salem police investigate train vs. pedestrian crash

SALEM — A city man’s condition is still uncertain after he was struck by a train Friday night near the Lincoln and Ellsworth avenue crossings.

According to reports, Allin Xander Swaney, of South Lundy Avenue, had been walking along the railroad tracks at South Lincoln Avenue when he was struck by a Norfolk Southern train at 7:30 p.m., according to city police. After originally being dispatched to the area to assist Perry Township, where they thought the train vs. pedestrian crash occurred, they learned that it actually happened in the city.

According to Salem police, Swaney was found sitting behind the Simmons Feed Mill with visible head trauma. After being transported to Salem Regional Medical Center by KLG ambulance, he was transferred to the St. Elizabeth’s Hospital trauma center in Youngstown.

Salem and Perry Township fire personnel also were on site.

No information was available regarding Swaney’s condition as of Sunday afternoon, explained a police department spokeswoman.

After city investigators spoke with the engineer, conductor and the trainmaster, the information was collected and the follow up investigation continues.


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