At the time of his death he was a part of a search crew that had been called in to help look for a Pennsylvania woman who has been missing for several days. While he and other members of a search crew searched for the woman near some train tracks, he stepped onto the tracks and was struck by a train. A witness to the incident was unsure why the man did not see or hear the train, though it did come toward him from behind. The witness said that he heard a train whistle but was not positive if it originated with that train or another in the area.
The 57-year-old man had been with the fire department for 35 years.
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It is possible that an investigation into the matter could determine what in fact happened. If, in the course of an investigation, it is discovered that negligence on the part of another party played a role in the man’s death, it is possible that a wrongful death lawsuit could be filed. Though most would agree that the money recovered in a successful lawsuit can never replace a loved one who is lost, it could make life easier for the man’s family.
Source: KDKA, “Train Hits, Kills Firefighter During Search For Missing Woman,” Ralph Iannotti, March 22, 2014