Witness: pedestrian killed by train jumped in front of it
FARGO, N.D. - A man who was killed Saturday morning when he was hit by a train near the intersection of Main Avenue and Broadway appeared to have jumped in front of the train, according to a witness.
The 31-year-old male, whose identity is being withheld pending notification of relatives, was northbound on Broadway, said Fargo police Sgt. Ross Renner. The man was killed instantly about 9:15 a.m. by the westbound train.
The body was seen west of the intersection near the Northern Pacific depot at 701 Main Ave.
Cherie Clark, an assistant Cass County state's attorney who witnessed the accident, said the man was on the train side of the barricade.
"I thought he was just looking at the train," Clark said. "When it got there, he jumped into the train. I got out of my car and looked, and that's when I saw his leg."
Clark said another witness at the scene told police she had seen the man about 20 minutes before the accident "with a blank look on his face," sitting by the train tracks.
Clark had turned off Main Avenue onto Broadway and was the second car behind the barricade.
She described the incident as "terrible" and "surreal."
"My heart just went out to the conductor because, in my mind, I think this guy was trying to commit suicide," Clark said.
Crossings were blocked from Fifth Street in Moorhead to Eighth Street in Fargo for about three hours.
Emily Hartley is a reporter at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, which is owned by Forum Communications Co.