ELMIRA HEIGHTS, N.Y. (WETM) — The Elmira Heights Police Department has confirmed that a woman from the Village was killed after being hit by a train in the Heights late Monday night.
The EHPD said officers responded to a report of a pedestrian that was hit by a train near West 14th Street and College Avenue in the Village on April 18.
Police later confirmed that Mary Johnson, 60, of Elmira Heights, was walking west over the tracks and, for unknown reasons, continued in the path of the train despite the engineer blowing the horn and whistle. Johnson appeared to be unaware of the train, EHPD said. The Engineer and Norfolk Southern workers told police that they could only see a dark figure with their hood up because of the time of day and the weather.
Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene.
In a statement, Elmira Heights Police Chief Rick Churches said “EHPD would like to extend our profound condolences to Mary’s family and friends..”
EHPD said that they were able to identify Johnson from her personal effects at the scene. An autopsy will be performed “for further determination on causation,” Churches said.
Elmira Heights Police was assisted by the Chemung County Medical Examiner’s Office, Elmira Heights Fire, Erway Ambulance and other local law enforcement.