Miamisburg fatal train accident: Ohio ranks high in pedestrian deaths

Ohio ranked ninth nationally last year in pedestrian rail trespass casualties, according to the Federal Railroad Administration. FILE PHOTO

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Ohio ranked ninth nationally last year in pedestrian rail trespass casualties, according to the Federal Railroad Administration. FILE PHOTO

The 16-year-old Centerville High School student killed when struck by a train Friday night in Miamisburg is the latest fatality in a category in which Ohio ranked in the top 10 nationally last year.

Pedestrian Jose Fernandez of Miamisburg was killed when he was struck by a Norfolk & Southern train just after 7:40 p.m. Friday on the railroad tracks between East Linden and East Central avenues, authorities said.

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Police said the death is not believed to be a suicide.

Ohio finished 2016 with the ninth highest rate among states in pedestrian rail trespass casualties, according to the Federal Railroad Administration.

The state recorded 34 rail-related pedestrian casualties — defined as injuries or deaths — last year, 16 of which were deaths, FRA figures show.

Administration data shows 994 casualties nationwide last year, led by California’s 191, including 101 fatalities.

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Other states high on the list – from No. 2 through No. 8 – include Texas (89 casualties, 38 deaths), Florida, (63, 37), New York (54, 27), Pennsylvania (45, 26), Illinois (39, 22), Georgia (35, 19) and North Carolina (35, 23), according to the FRA.

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