Fargo: Witness says pedestrian killed by train jumped in front of itAn unidentified male who was killed this morning when he was hit by a train at the intersection of Main Avenue and Broadway appeared to have jumped out in front of the train, according to a witness.
By: Emily Hartley, The Forum
FARGO - An unidentified male who was killed this morning when he was hit by a train at the intersection of Main Avenue and Broadway appeared to have jumped out in front of the train, according to a witness.
The male, who was northbound on Broadway, was killed instantly, said Fargo police Sgt. Ross Renner. The train was westbound.
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 of Main Avenue unto 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.
Renner said the man would likely be identified after about 11 a.m., today.
Crossings were blocked from Fifth Street in Moorhead to Eighth Street in Fargo for about two hours.