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Train death in Waynedale ruled a suicide

– The Allen County Coroner’s Office on Friday identified a man killed Thursday when he stepped into the path of an oncoming train.

Anthony R. Silva, 37, of Fort Wayne died shortly after 1 p.m. from blunt-force trauma. The coroner ruled his death a suicide.

Witnesses told Fort Wayne police that Silva arrived by car at a train crossing in southwest Fort Wayne and walked onto the track when the train arrived.

The crossing on Lower Huntington Road, about halfway between Ardmore Avenue and Bluffton Road in Waynedale, was closed for about 2 1/2 hours while police investigated Silva’s death.

The train took about three-quarters of a mile to come to a stop, police said.

Susan Terpay, director of public relations for Norfolk Southern, said the speed limit for trains on that section of track is 30 mph. The train had 120 cars and three engines.

The crossing arms were down as the train approached, police said, and two cars were stopped on the side of the tracks where Silva approached.

Silva is the third person in northeast Indiana to commit suicide by walking into the path of a train in the past eight months. A Bluffton husband and wife in their 20s walked into the path of an oncoming train in August. Police found notes in their nearby apartment about their intentions.

cmeyers@jg.net

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