“Man Identified as Dakota Williams, 25, Hit and Killed by Train in Whitesboro”

Dakota Williams, a 25-year-old man from Whitesboro, was identified as the pedestrian hit and killed by a CSX freight train in Whitesboro. Williams was reportedly taking photos in the area of two sets of railroad tracks when he was struck. The train crew tried to warn him by blowing the horn and applying the emergency brake, but Williams did not hear. Deputies confirmed that the train crew was operating correctly and found Williams’ cellphone at the scene. Rylee Kirk | rkirk@syracuse.com reported

Man Fatally Struck by Train in Whitesboro Identified as Dakota Williams

A tragic incident occurred in Whitesboro, New York, when a man was fatally hit by a CSX freight train. The victim, originally unidentified due to lack of identification, has now been identified as Dakota Williams, a 25-year-old resident of Whitesboro, according to local deputies.

The incident took place at approximately 5:56 p.m. on Thursday in the village of Whitesboro. It is believed that Williams was in the vicinity of two sets of railroad tracks, engaging in photography when the accident occurred.

The train crew reported that Williams was standing between the rails of their train with his back turned towards them. Despite blowing the horn and applying emergency brakes, the train was unable to stop in time. Williams’ cellphone was discovered at the scene.

Authorities have determined that the train crew was operating correctly for the area, indicating that the incident was a tragic accident. Investigations continue as to why Williams did not hear the warning signals or respond to the crew’s attempts to alert him.

For any information related to this incident, the public is encouraged to contact staff writer Rylee Kirk at 315-396-5961 or via email at rkirk@syracuse.com. Rylee Kirk covers breaking news, crime, and public safety.