Train death at Danville festival investigated as suicide
DANVILLE - Authorities say they are investigating the death of a 20-year-old man struck and killed by an excursion train traveling through the borough Saturday morning as a possible suicide.
Montour County Coroner Scott Lynn said the man, who is believed to have been homeless, was killed shortly after 10 a.m. in an area between Route 54 (Continental Boulevard) and Rooney Avenue, a few hundred yards from where a North Shore engine pulling cars filled with passengers had just left the Big Mill Station, next to the Danville Middle School, for a roundtrip ride to Bloomsburg. The train rides are part of the weekend-long Iron Heritage Festival and have been conducted for many years.
The identity of the man, believed to be from out of state, was being withheld Saturday until family is notified, Lynn said.
According to other reports, earlier in the morning, the man had been seen lying on asphalt behind the Alpine Animal Clinic and near the train tracks.
The Iron Heritage Festival embarking station for the excursion train ride was moved to Mill Street.