Jonathan E. Black : “Norfolk man killed by train on Potsdam trestle”

By | April 20, 2024



Accident – Death – Obituary News : : 1. Norfolk man train accident
2. Potsdam trestle fatality

On April 20th, a tragic incident occurred in Potsdam as a Norfolk man, Jonathan E. Black, was fatally struck by a CSX freight train while on a trestle over the Raquette River. The Potsdam Police Department, along with other emergency services, responded to the scene but unfortunately, Black succumbed to his injuries at Canton-Potsdam Hospital. The investigation is ongoing, with initial reports suggesting that Black was standing on the tracks facing north when the northbound train approached. Despite the train’s warning signals, the accident occurred. Traffic on Sandstone Drive was affected as a result of the incident.

1. Potsdam train accident victim
2. Norfolk pedestrian fatality on trestle

Tragic Accident in Potsdam

On a fateful Saturday morning in Potsdam, a Norfolk man, Jonathan E. Black, lost his life in a tragic accident. The incident occurred on a trestle over the Raquette River, parallel to Sandstone Drive, when a CSX freight train struck him while he was riding his bicycle.

Police Response and Investigation

Authorities were alerted to the accident at 8:48 a.m. and swiftly responded to the scene. Jonathan Black was found in the river and immediately brought to shore, where first responders from the Potsdam Police Department, Fire Department, and Rescue Squad attempted life-saving measures. Despite their efforts, Black succumbed to his injuries at Canton-Potsdam Hospital.

Details of the Incident

Initial investigations suggest that Black was standing on the tracks, facing north, when the northbound train collided with him on the south end of the trestle. It was noted that there was pedestrian emergency space on the east side of the rails, but unfortunately, Black was positioned on the west side at the time of the accident.

Train Operator Warnings

The operators of the CSX freight train reportedly sounded their horns both at the nearby Pine Street intersection and upon spotting Black on the tracks. Despite their efforts to alert him, the tragic collision still occurred.


Impact on Traffic

The accident caused disruptions to traffic flow on Sandstone Drive throughout the morning as authorities worked to secure the scene and conduct their investigations.

This untimely loss has sent shockwaves through the community, serving as a stark reminder of the dangers that can arise in seemingly routine situations. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and loved ones of Jonathan E. Black during this difficult time.