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041318-adh-nws-Albany Train fatal-my

Albany police and fire officials talk with a Union Pacific train crew while investigating the death of a man Thursday morning on tracks near Waverly Memorial Cemetery.

Mark Ylen, Democrat-Herald

A southbound Union Pacific freight train struck and killed an adult male pedestrian and his dog Thursday morning near Davidson Street and Water Avenue.

Albany police were still investigating the situation late Thursday. It is not yet known why the man was near the tracks.

The man and his dog, a black-and-white mixed breed, were struck and killed about 10:30 a.m. No other injuries were reported. 

Albany police and firefighters responded to the scene. Police said they were checking the man's fingerprints to try to identify him. Railroad personnel told police the train was going about 35 mph.

Justin Jacobs, director of media relations for Union Pacific, sent a statement saying the locomotive engineer and conductor were immediately put in touch with peer counselors.

"Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the deceased," he said. "The safety message here is that pedestrians, and everyone, need to be very aware of the hazards associated with trains and should never be on the train tracks or attempt to cross anywhere other than at a designated crossing when signs and signals permit."

Anyone with information about the death is asked to contact the Albany Police Department at 541-917-7680.

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