A pedestrian was struck and killed by a train on Sunday, April 9, around 8:30 p.m. in Lebanon.

The fatal incident was confirmed for LebTown Monday morning by Captain Eric Sims of the Lebanon City Police Department.

Captain Sims said that an investigation is underway, and the department is working to identify the victim and notify next of kin.

According to county dispatch logs, calls for a pedestrian struck by a train first came in shortly after 8:30 p.m. Initial calls were made in reference to the North 12th Street crossing, but reader-provided photos and later dispatch calls indicate that the pedestrian was found in the vicinity of North 8th and Scull streets.

According to county dispatch records, the Lebanon County coroner’s office was called to North 8th and Scull streets at approximately 9:50 p.m.

Norfolk Southern provided the following statement via a spokesperson:

We would defer to local law enforcement authorities as to the nature of the incident, so please direct those questions accordingly. No matter the circumstances, any loss of life is a tragedy – our thoughts are with the family of this person during this difficult time.

We would be remiss if we didn’t say that train tracks are simply no place for the public. They can be uniquely dangerous places that always beg extra care to ensure everyone’s safety.

There is help, there is hope, and there are solutions.
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger of harming themselves, please call Lebanon County Crisis Intervention at (717) 274-3363 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Find more help in Lebanon County here.

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Editor’s note: This article was updated after publication to include a statement from Norfolk Southern.


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