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Jan-12-2010 19:19printcommentsVideo

Jefferson Man Dies After Stepping in Front of Oncoming Train (VIDEO REPORT)

Officials say the railroad crossing arms were down and the lights were flashing when the man walked around them, and into the path of the oncoming train.

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Photo and video by Jerry Freeman Salem-News.com

(JEFFERSON, Ore.) - A Jefferson man was struck and killed by a train in Jefferson Monday evening.

Lt. Sheila Lorance with the the Marion County Sheriff's Office, says it happened at about 5:20 p.m.

The pedestrian hit and killed by a train at the crossing on Hazel and 5th Street in Jefferson has been identified as 32-year old Alfredo Savalza of Jefferson.

Our Jerry Freeman was on scene, he says one man described the impact of the sound of the train striking the man as very loud.

Lorance says Deputy Matt Hagan interviewed witnesses who said the Union Pacific train was traveling southbound when Mr. Savalza was struck.

They indicated the railroad crossing arms were down and the lights were flashing when Mr. Savalza walked around them and onto the track in front of the train.

The train attempted to stop but was unable to do so.

Video by Jerry Freeman, news report by Tim King:


Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 covering the war in Afghanistan, and he was in Iraq over the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while embedded with both the U.S. Army and the Marines. Tim holds numerous awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), first place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991); and several others including the 2005 Red Cross Good Neighborhood Award for reporting. Serving the community in very real terms, Salem-News.com is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news Website. You can send Tim an email at this address: newsroom@salem-news.com
Jerry Freeman is part of a new generation of dedicated news photographers who are entering the Internet news industry as a second career. He shares in common with many people the dream of becoming a visual journalist. Joining the Navy at an early age, and the Oregon Army Guard a few years later, Jerry has a wide range of life experiences. He describes himself as “an old truck driver with a new found passion to bare witness on the world’s events.” Teaming up with Salem-News.com he embarks on a new career as a video news photographer and reporter. Stay tuned, and see how it turns out. Jerry seems to exhibit natural talent and is already becoming a published member of the Salem-News.com team. You can send Jerry Freeman an email at this address: Salem-News@gravityshadow.com

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