Updated 01/06/2013 05:16 PM
Officials voice warning follow train versus pedestrian accident
A 21-year-old who was struck by a train in the Town of Ulster is now listed in critical but stable condition at Westchester Medical Center. Officials say this accident is serving a reminder for pedestrians to exercise extreme caution when in the vicinity of train tracks. YNN’s Alexandra Weishaupt has more.
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ULSTER, N.Y. -- Nick Ogden, 21, has undergone the first two of many major surgeries at Westchester Medical Center after being struck by a train near Boices Lane Saturday morning. Both his right arm and leg were severed in the accident.
“From what his brother Sean has relayed to us because it is family, it appears things are progressing well for him,” said Ulster Hose Fire Company No. 5 Chief Sam Appa.
The accident hits close to home as the victim’s brother is a lieutenant firefighter at Ulster Hose Fire Company himself. He says it’s not uncommon for his brother to be walking the tracks because he walks everywhere.
This is just one of two accidents that occurred in this area within the last five months. The prior accident was fatal. Officials are urging pedestrians to use extreme caution around active train track areas.
“The trains are doing the appropriate speed limit, but you have to remember all the steel and the weight behind it. Once you apply the brakes, it takes a distance to stop,” said Appa.
The chief says more and more people are frequenting the area and he says the number of accidents are up. Aside from that, the chief says it's important to remember being on the tracks is, in some cases, illegal.
“People should remember that CSX railway is private property and walking the railway is considering trespassing. It’s a safety factor. It’s not a place for pedestrians,” said Appa.
Police say Ogden could have been lying there for several hours before he was found. They are currently working with CSX to piece together the incident.
Anyone with information is urged to contact New York State Police at (845) 338-1702.