Local teen killed after being struck by train

By Glenn Battishill - [email protected]

Delaware police are still investigating the death of a man they say was hit by a train Wednesday morning on the east side of town.

Police report that they received a call around 8:20 a.m. from Norfolk Southern Railway which stated that a man had been struck while standing in the path of a southbound train Wednesday.

Tyler James Hobby, 19, of East Central Avenue, Delaware, was killed when he was struck by a southbound train, police say.

The incident happened in a wooded area east of the city of Delaware about a half a mile south of the overpass near The Point and near Curve Road, police report.

Delaware Police Capt. Adam Moore said detectives conducted an investigation at the scene and spoke to the conductor of the train.

Moore said that after initial investigation, police believe Hobby was purposefully standing in the path of the train.

Moore said there was no indication that the railroad company did anything wrong.

Police closed the railroad while they investigated the scene and allowed the railway to reopen around 11:30 a.m.

Police scanner traffic earlier Wednesday morning indicated police had received a call from a woman who said her son had called her, said he “couldn’t take it anymore” and had cut himself and was bleeding out. Police then worked with the mother to attempt to locate her son.

Moore said police connected the incidents after they identified Hobby.

Moore said the investigation remains ongoing and the coroner’s office will be conducting its own investigation and making the official ruling on the cause of death.

By Glenn Battishill

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Glenn Battishill can reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.

Glenn Battishill can reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.