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Adult, child struck by train and killed near Route 196

Posted: Updated: May 19, 2014 02:11 PM
KINGSBURY, N.Y. -Two bodies were found Sunday by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office along the train tracks south of the Route 196 overpass.

Officials say the victims are 34-year old Paul Wallach and 6-year old Jordan Catellier, both of Kingsbury.  

The initial investigation has revealed that the victims were fishing from a small rail trestle over a creek, when they were struck by the train. 

Investigators say the pair went out Sunday night at around 7 p.m. and never returned home. It was a family member that located their bodies.

Sheriff Jeffrey Murphy says video from the train indicates both victims were unable to get off the trestle in time before being struck. An Amtrak spokesperson says the crew on the train did not realize anyone had been hit, continuing on to NYC.

Sheriff’s Investigators are working with Amtrak Officials to determine the events leading up to and following the incident. 

Hudson Falls School officials where Jordan Catellier was a student were notified before school Monday morning. 

One of the victim’s aunts said her nephew and a family friend went to go fishing along the tracks. However, on Sunday night, her husband discovered the bodies around dinner time. 

There are no trespassing signs posted along the tracks, and the sheriff’s office is reminding those in the area of the dangers of walking on or near railroad properties which are posted with warnings and trespass notices by the railroad companies.

Passenger trains can travel up to 60 miles per hour in rural areas.


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