UPDATE SEPT. 5: The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office has identified a Breesport man as the person killed in a train-pedestrian accident in Wellsburg over the weekend.

The Sheriff’s Office said Raymond W. Johns III, 38, was killed in the accident on September 3 near the Lowman Crossover. Johns; family members, as well as a local tattoo artist, contacted the Sheriff’s Office after seeing the original press release and photos from the scene.

Johns was last seen by his family about one week ago wearing some of the items seen in the photos, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Law enforcement also said that an autopsy will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death.


WELLSBURG, N.Y. (WETM) – One man was killed after he was hit by a train in the Lowman Crossover area in the pre-dawn hours of Saturday, Sept. 3, according to the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office. Law enforcement said the man had been identified and that more information would be released on September 5.

The accident occurred near Front St. in the Village of Wellsburg around 3:08 a.m. Saturday morning, where police say the individual was struck by a Norfolk Southern train. According to the Chemung County Sheriff’s office, the collision was reported by the train conductor.

Deputies responded to the area and located the body of a white male about 600 feet East of the Crossover. There was no identification on or near his body.

The Chemung County Sheriff’s office described him as a white male, believed to be in his late 20’s or early 30’s, about 6’0 tall, approximately 150 lbs, with dark hair, a beard, and a koi fish tattoo on his left bicep/ shoulder area which appeared to be covering a former tattoo of a bandage. There was also a scar on the left side of his chest.

At the time of the accident police report him to be wearing a green sweatshirt, white pants, a dark green John Deere ball cap, and white New Balance sneakers approximately a size 12-13. He was in possession of a Sheffield folding utility knife with a brown wooden handle, as well as a BIC lighter. The Chemung County Sheriff’s office has provided these pictures:

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Wellsburg Volunteer Fire Department, Erway Ambulance, as well as the Chemung County Medical Examiners Office.