At approximately 12:04AM on September 28th City of Dunkirk Police and Fire Departments responded to a reported Train/Pedestrian Fatality Accident on the CSX Rail Line West of Middle Road. The victim was walking along the tracks and was struck by a Westbound CSX Freight Train.
The victim has been identified as Athena Dipirro, age 37, of Dunkirk. Following investigation into this incident it appears that the victim was walking along the CSX Railway with her dog and as the Westbound Train approached she attempted to cross the tracks to save her dog which was also in the area of the tracks.
This was a tragic accident and our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family and the CSX Train personnel as well.
City Police were assisted at the scene by City of Dunkirk Fire Department, Chautauqua County Sheriff Department, Chautauqua County Accident Reconstruction Team, CSX Railroad, County Coroner’s Office and the Chautauqua County Fire Police Traffic Control Response Team.