TIPP CITY — A pedestrian was struck by a CSX train near the Crane Road crossing on Thursday evening.
Police, fire, and EMS units responded to the Crane Road crossing shortly after 9 p.m. when CSX dispatchers contacted Miami County 911 to report that the engineer of a southbound freight train had spotted a man walking on the tracks, sounded his horns and hit the brakes, but was unable to stop in time to avoid striking the man.
Emergency workers spent around 15 minutes searching for the victim, Jesse Hereford, 26, of Tipp City, before locating him approximately 150-200 yards from the Crane Road crossing.
CareFlight was dispatched to transport Hereford to Miami Valley Hospital for treatment of serious injuries, where he remained Friday in stable condition.
Crash reconstructionists from the Miami County Sheriff’s Office were on the scene as well as a CSX investigator.
Sheriff’s investigators are working to determine why Hereford was walking on the tracks.
Reach Mike Ullery at (937) 451-3335