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A pedestrian was struck by train on Lower Huntington Road early Thursday afternoon.

Man walks in front of train, dies

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a train Thursday afternoon in southwest Fort Wayne.

Witnesses told police the man arrived in a car at the crossing on Lower Huntington Road and then walked onto the tracks when the train arrived at the crossing.

“Once the train came to the intersection he just went in front of it,” Michael Joyner, Fort Wayne police spokesman, said at the scene.

He said the man was dead when police and rescuers arrived at the crossing.

The crossing where the man was struck is between Bluffton Road and Ardmore Avenue.

Joyner said the train was headed east and took about three quarters of a mile to stop after it hit the man.

The crossing arms were down and two cars were stopped on the east side of the tracks, which is the side where the man approached the tracks.

As a result of the injuries the victim received from the impact, Joyner said police will use the registration information in the car the man arrived in to try to identify him.

The incident occurred around 1:10 p.m. and Joyner expected the crossing remain closed until about 3:30 p.m.