Update: Idaho man's death by train in Ontario was suicide

March 30, 2014 

The railroad crossing at SE 5th Avenue in Ontario, Ore., where a 35-year-old man was killed by a train Sunday.



    If someone you know is in emotional crisis:

    Mental health experts urge you to call the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

    Warning signs to watch for:

    • Talking about wanting to die.

    • Looking for a way to kill oneself.

    • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.

    • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.

    • Talking about being a burden to others.

    • Increasing use of alcohol or drugs.

    • Acting anxious, agitated or recklessly.

    • Sleeping too little or too much.

    • Withdrawing or isolating themselves.

    • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.

    • Extreme mood swings.

    Other things you can do to help:

    • Do not leave the person alone.

    • Be direct. Talk openly and matter-of-factly about suicide.

    • Listen. Allow expressions of feelings. Accept the feelings.

    • Be nonjudgmental. Don't debate or lecture on the value of life.

    • Don't act shocked. This will put distance between you.

    • Don't be sworn to secrecy. Seek support.

    • Offer hope that alternatives are available but do not offer glib reassurance.

    • Take action. Remove means, such as guns or stockpiled pills.

    • Get help by calling the hotline or visiting Suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

    Source: Suicide Prevention Lifeline

— Oregon investigators say Joel Guerrero, 35, "intentionally placed himself in the path of the train" that killed him early Sunday morning.

In a press release, Ontario Police Chief Mark Alexander said the Pocatello man was in Ontario at the time for a temporary job.

"This is an unfortunate event that not only affects friends and family of Mr. Guerrero, but train operators and first responders," the release states.

The Statesman does not generally identify victims of suicide, but in this case Guerrero's name had already been widely released following the incident Sunday.

Guerrero was struck by a westbound train at 2:43 a.m. Sunday near the railroad crossing at SE 5th Avenue in Ontario, according to a previous press release.

Ontario police officers responded to the area after hearing the train's emergency brakes engage. The conductor told them the train had hit a person.

With the help of the Oregon State Police, Malheur County Sheriff's Office and Nyssa Police Department, the Ontario officers found Guerrero's body, according to the release. They declared him dead at the scene.

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