Scottsbluff man's death in train-pedestrian accident an apparent suicide

Scotts Bluff County Attorney Doug Warner says the death of a 26 year old Scottsbluff man who was struck Saturday morning by an eastbound Burlington Northern coal train appears to be an apparent suicide.

Warner says that Lee Weber was killed in the incident, which occurred around 9 a.m., just east of the Avenue I crossing in west Scottsbluff.

Warner says Weber was walking on the tracks toward the train with his hands up according to the engineer on the train. Warner says the train's whistle was blowing and the brakes were on, but the train could not stop in time to avoid the accident.

The Avenue I and Railway crossings were closed for a time while a new crew was summoned to move the train to its destination.

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