Fatal train accident in Richfield; man was walking on tracks

A man was struck and killed by a train in Washington County on Wednesday, Oct. 6. He was walking on the tracks east of Scenic Drive between Lakeview Road and Willow Creek Road in the Village of Richfield. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has made a preliminary identification of the victim. 

Around 2:41 p.m. the Washington County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Canadian National Railroad – who reported that their train had struck a person. Upon arrival, a man was located dead on the tracks. 

Pedestrian struck, killed by train in Village of Richfield

The initial investigation revealed that the train was operating southbound on the tracks when the engineer observed a man walking southbound in-between the rails on railroad property. The engineer immediately began sounding the horn; however, the person continued to walk southbound on the tracks in the path of the train. 

This caused the engineer to apply emergency braking procedures while continuing to sound the horn.

The person walking on the tracks never reacted and was struck by the train. The train came to a stop approximately three-quarters of a mile down the track. As a result of the incident, the train was stopped for almost seven hours.

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The case remains under investigation by Washington County Sheriff’s investigators, the Washington County Medical Examiner’s Office, and Canadian National Railroad authorities.

If you have information that may be helpful to this investigation please call the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 262-335-4378 or email tim.kemps@washcowisco.gov.

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