Man hit by train in Columbiana County

NEGLEY (AP) — A man believed to be in his early 30s was seriously injured Tuesday afternoon when he was hit by a train just off Bye Road here.

Negley Fire Chief Gary Banicki said the man was either sleeping or passed out on the railroad when he was hit by a Youngstown & Southern train.

The train was westbound toward Rogers when the accident occurred shortly before 1:30 p.m., he said.

The train was not hauling any cargo, which is typical for a train heading that direction, Banicki added. Trains coming into town are typically carrying pipeline to a company in Pennsylvania as a result of the oil and gas drilling under way in the area.

The 36-mile stretch of railroad between Youngstown and Darlington, Pa., is owned by the Columbiana County Port Authority.

The man, believed be at least 30 to 33 years old, was taken by helicopter to St. Elizabeth Health Center's trauma center in Youngstown.

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