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Renatta Signorini

A person trying to cross railroad tracks Tuesday night in Charleroi was hit by a train and killed, according to the Washington County coroner.

The person was killed at 10 p.m. on the tracks near Seventh Street and Railroad Way.

The person was hit by a Norfolk Southern train and pronounced dead at the scene at 11:35 p.m., according to the coroner. The person’s identity and address were being withheld until authorities could notify next of kin.

Railroad police are investigating, the coroner said. Anyone with information about who the person is asked to contract the coroner’s office at (724) 228-6785.

Norfolk Southern authorities said the train was carrying coal.

“Norfolk Southern reminds the public that it is extremely dangerous, and also trespassing, to walk on or within the right-of-way of railroad tracks,” said spokeswoman Rachel McDonnell Bradshaw. “People should cross tracks only at designated crossings and use extreme caution at all times.”

This marks at least the 16th train or railyard fatality this year in Pennsylvania, according to the Federal Railroad Commission. Allegheny County saw a single pedestrian killed both in March and April. Two people in Beaver County died in February when a train struck a vehicle.

Nationwide, nearly 400 deaths have been reported this year for incidents involving trains or on property near railroads, the federal agency reports.

In 2018, Pennsylvania saw 17 train-related deaths, the agency reported.

Of the 824 people died nationwide in 2017 in train incidents, 31 died in Pennsylvania — one each reported for Allegheny, Beaver and Washington counties. Somerset County had two. By contrast, Philadelphia County had nine.

There were none recorded in Westmoreland County in 2017, but the Tribune-Review reported that a pedestrian died near Latrobe in April after being struck by a train on a Norfolk Southern railroad.

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