Trains hit man, truck within minutes, killing man

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SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) – Authorities say trains hit a man and a pickup truck within minutes of each other in different areas of northeastern Pennsylvania, killing the man.

Officials in Lackawanna County told The (Scranton) Times-Tribune that both cases involved northbound Norfolk Southern trains on Canadian Pacific rail lines.

State police said a 68-year-old Dalton man crashed his sport utility vehicle into a utility pole Friday morning, then walked about a quarter of a mile into a wooded area before he was struck and killed in Glenburn Township. His death was ruled a suicide.

Officials said that two minutes later and eight miles away, a freight train hit a pickup truck abandoned on the tracks in Scranton. Norfolk Southern trainmaster Nate Charles said no one was injured and the train was undamaged.

Information from: The Times-Tribune

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