Pedestrian killed by train in Clifton

A person was struck and killed by a freight train at a crossing along 33 Road in Clifton on Wednesday night, though the gender and general age of the person were not immediately known as of press time.

The victim was presumed to be a pedestrian, based on observations at the scene.

Mesa County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 33 Road and Front Street minutes after receiving a call from the railroad company around 9:15 p.m., on report of someone being hit.

The usually quiet crossing east of some of the more populated parts of Clifton remained with gates down, chimes ringing, for hours after the incident, with deputies and at least one person with the railroad waiting for the county coroner to arrive as late as 10:30 p.m.

Sheriff’s officials called it an “unattended death,” which means the coroner will rule cause and manner of death, as well as identity of the person, after having processed the scene along with deputies and conducting his own investigation.

The train contained a number of tanker cars, but police said they did not know which railroad company was operating the train line at the time of the accident.


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