According to the Federal Railroad Administration, Indiana ranked 14th nationally in 2021 in pedestrian deaths and injuries caused by trespassing on railroad tracks and property.
Already this year, the region has seen two such incidents, both resulting in death.
In the first incident, a Fort Wayne man, Bradley Wayne Boggs, 64, died March 12 at 11:15 a.m. near railroad tracks south of Spencerville. According to police, Boggs was struck by a train as he was walking about 1 1/2 miles from where his car had broken down.
Tragically, Boggs had declined a ride from an Allen County sheriff’s officer just 30 minutes before he was struck.
More recently, Logan Schambers, 18, of Avilla, was killed April 15 in a 3:30 a.m. accident just west of