NEGLEY -A man believed to be in his early 30s was seriously injured Tuesday afternoon when he was hit by a train just off Bye Road.
Negley Fire Chief Gary Banicki said the man was either sleeping or passed out on the railroad when he was hit by a Youngstown & Southern train.
The train was westbound toward Rogers when the accident occurred shortly before 1:30 p.m., he said.
The train was not hauling any cargo, which is typical for a train heading that direction, he added. Trains coming into town are typically carrying pipeline to a company in Pennsylvania as a result of the oil and gas drilling under way in the area.
The 36-mile stretch of railroad between Youngstown and Darlington, Pa. is owned by the county Port Authority.
County Sheriff's Deputy Wes Smith assisted the Negley department with the accident but was unavailable for comment later that afternoon. Banicki and Sheriff Ray Stone were unable to identify the man, although Banicki estimated him to be at least 30 to 33 years old.
Banicki said the man was conscious and talking when Negley EMS arrived to remove him from underneath the train. He was found under the second engine and had extensive injuries which required a medical airlift to St. Elizabeth's trauma center in Youngstown.
He was removed from under the engine by Negley EMS and headed toward Youngstown in the medical helicopter within 20 minutes, Banicki said.
A landing zone was set up at the Negley Volunteer Fire Department just off Richardson Avenue and not far from the accident.
The fire/EMS department was notified of the accident by Paul Conkle, who owns property on Bye Road adjacent to where the accident happened, he said.