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‘Tragic accident’

Three men hit by train, only one survives

April 12, 2012
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

WESTFIELD - A train accident in the Village of Westfield left two people dead and one injured Friday evening, April 6.

According to the Westfield Police Department, Justin Halpainy-Livermore, 20, of Jamestown, Brian W. Reed, 25, of Westfield were killed and Benjamin L. Reed, 26, of Westfield was injured in the incident, which occurred on the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks between North Gale and Oak streets in Westfield.

According to a witness, as the train was traveling west around 6:30 p.m., the three victims were on the Norfolk Southern bridge that spans North Portage and North Gale streets. The men attempted to outrun the train by running west, but were hit.

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Two pedestrians were killed and one was injured after they were hit by a train in Westfield Friday evening, April 7.

Both Halpainy-Livermore and Brian W. Reed were pronounced dead at the scene. Benjamin Reed was flown to Hamot Medical Center in Erie. He was reported Friday night to have broken bones and a head injury. His status was upgraded to fair condition on Tuesday, April 10 and Westfield Police Officers traveled to Hamot to interview him about the incident.

Westfield Police Department, with assistance from the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office, is continuing their investigation. According to WPD Sgt. Brent Burgess, the department is waiting for Norfolk Southern's report in order for it to release its own report. Burgess expects it to be another week before he receives the report as well as video of the accident.

"At this point it looks like a tragic accident," Burgess said.

Burgess did confirm the police department knows why the three men were on the railroad tracks, saying both Benjamin and the family have all given the same reason, however he was unable to release that reason as of Tuesday.

According to David Pidgeon, public relations manager for Norfolk Southern, trains may travel 50 mph on that stretch. He did not know how fast the train was going at the time of the incident.

"The train was traveling from Mechanicville, New York to Chicago," Pidgeon said. "(The train) had three locomotives and 45 cars, 44 of them were loaded."

Editor Jenna Loughlin as well as Samantha McDonnell contributed to this report.



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