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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • Update: Police identify man killed by train on Corning's Northside

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  • The man who was struck and killed Wednesday afternoon by a train on Corning’s Northside has been identified as Jacob P. Personius.
    Personius, 25, of Corning, had left a residence located near the tracks before he was killed, Corning Police said Thursday morning.
    Personius was struck from behind by a Norfolk Southern train as he walked westbound on the tracks near the intersection of Spruce Street and Bridge Street Extension.
    Several witnesses told police they saw Personius walking on the tracks and tried to alert him to the oncoming train, but he did not respond, police said.
    Police said they believe Personius was using earbuds to listen to music on his cell phone at the time of the accident and did not hear the train or its horn.
    The Corning Fire Department, New York State Police and Rural/Metro Ambulance also responded to the scene.
    Personius was pronounced dead at the scene by Steuben County Coroner Steve Copp.
    His body was removed from the scene by the Corning Fire Department and taken to the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office in Rochester for an autopsy.
    Derrick Ek contributed to this story.

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