Reported pedestrian strike prompts train delay, no one injured
WESTPORT—A Metro-North conductor was not sure whether he struck two pedestrians on the tracks east of the Saugatuck station Sunday evening.
Around 8:15 p.m. Nov. 26, police received a call that a Metro-North Railroad conductor had seen two individuals carrying fishing equipment cross the tracks in an unauthorized area. The conductor attempted to slow the train but was unsure if the train struck the pedestrians, police said.
A separate conductor spoke to two fishermen in the area after the train came to a stop but remained unsure whether the fishermen he spoke with were the same ones the conductor had reportedly seen on the tracks.
“Anytime you think anyone was hit by a train, you have to halt train traffic,” Westport Lt. Jillian Cabana said.
Train traffic between the Westport and Greens Farms stations halted while Westport Police and Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police conducted an investigation. The police response heightened when officers located an unoccupied vehicle with fishing equipment nearby at the boat ramp on Underhill Parkway.
Eventually officers contacted the registered owner of the discovered vehicle and confirmed he was one of the men officers spoke with earlier. Officers determined no one was injured and normal train traffic resumed.
While no one was injured in this case, people have been in the past.
“We had one woman struck a couple years ago and we’ve had a couple of people hit by trains in the history of my career,” said Cabana, who’s been with the police department for 12 years.