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Man killed in March train accident identified

Man killed in March train accident identified

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Police have identified the man struck and killed by a train last month in downtown Corvallis.

Falco Freeman, 50, of Corvallis was killed after attempting to cross the railroad tracks in an incident police have ruled accidental. 

On March 24, a train with about 28 cars was stopped at Southwest Sixth Street and Washington Avenue while train personnel were conducting a required procedure outside of the train. 

According to the Corvallis Police Department, Freeman and two other men began to cross between the stopped train cars, approximately 19 cars back from the engine. 

As Freeman crossed between two cars, the train began to move and Freeman fell between the cars and was struck by the train. 

Because of the distance between the engine and the location where Freeman was struck, Corvallis police said train personnel were unaware of the accident until the 911 call was relayed to them. 

"In light of this tragic incident, the Corvallis Police Department would stress the danger of climbing or attempting to ride railcars or engines," a statement from the department read on Thursday. "In addition to being extremely dangerous, doing so is also a violation of the law." 

Freeman's identity was withheld until fingerprint confirmation was obtained and his next of kin could be notified. 


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