Anthony Quevedo of Stony Point ID'd as man killed by freight train while jogging
A jogger who was run over Friday by a freight train in West Haverstraw was identified Saturday as a Stony Point man, police confirmed Saturday.
Anthony Quevedo, 29, was killed a few minutes before noon on Friday when he was running along train tracks that cut through West Haverstraw and was struck by a CSX freight train. Police issued a statement Saturday saying they're looking into the circumstances of his death. It's not clear why Quevedo was running along the tracks.
Quevedo was wearing headphones at the time, several witnesses said, and showed no signs that he realized he was in danger. He was running north about a half-mile from East Railroad Avenue when he was struck.
The conductor tried to stop the 129-car freight train and blasted his horn several times, police and CSX said, but could not avoid a collision. A typical train with between 90 and 120 cars can take more than a mile and a half to stop after a conductor has applied the brakes.
CSX issued a statement Friday afternoon saying the company was cooperating with police. The freight train, it said, was en route to the Selkirk Freight Yard in Selkirk, Albany County, after departing from Waycross, Ga. The yard is a major freight hub for shipments east of the Hudson River between New York and Boston.
Personnel from the Rockland County medical examiner's office removed Quevedo's body from the tracks on Friday and was expected to conduct an autopsy. The results haven't been released yet.