ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) – A witness said a man dove headfirst into a train in the 3100-block of Lower Huntington Road in Waynedale on Thursday afternoon.
The fatal incident happened at the Norfolk Southern tracks around 1:10 p.m. Police said a train heading eastbound hit the man.
“Gentleman was standing next to the tracks, when the engine came up next to him, he just dove headfirst into it,” Bob Adams, who says he witnessed the incident, said.
A red Ford station wagon was parked near the railroad tracks. It is unknown if the car belonged to the victim.
“We are conducting an investigation to determine number one – who the individual is – and number two – to put together the set of circumstances leading up to this tragic event,” Michael Joyner, Fort Wayne Police Department spokesman, said.
Lower Huntington Road was closed at the railroad tracks between Old Trail and Ardmore Roads for several hours following the accident.
On Friday,the Allen County Coroner identified the victim as 37-year-old Fort Wayne resident Anthony R. Silva. His death has been ruled a suicide.