Kristoffer McCreary, 33, was walking west on railroad tracks near the mouth of the Burnt River, just east of Huntington, Ore., when he was struck Sunday evening, according to the Baker County Sheriff’s Office.
The conductor and engineer on the westbound Union Pacific train saw McCreary, sounded the train’s horn and began an emergency braking procedure. The train was unable to stop before striking the man.
McCreary apparently did not hear the horn from the train approaching him from behind at about 5:45 p.m. The sheriff’s office said he might have been wearing stereo ear buds, the Baker City Herald newspaper reported.
No one on the train was injured. The incident is being investigated by the sheriff’s office and Union Pacific.
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The conductor and engineer were put into contact with peer counselors provided by the railroad, U.P. spokesman Justin Jacobs told the Baker City newspaper.
It was unclear why McCreary was walking on the railroad tracks. His obituary said he spent his last days camping and fishing with his mother and friends.
Huntington is located near the Idaho border 30 miles north of Ontario.
McCreary worked at TVR Inc. in Boise, a heating, cooling and refrigeration company. He enjoyed skateboarding, listening to music and playing the World of Warcraft video game, drawing and doodling, according to his obituary.
He is survived by his mother, Rene McCreary, father Darren Hopkins, girlfriend Jamie Isaac and several siblings.
A celebration of life is scheduled on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Christ the King Community Church, 2121 Caldwell Blvd., in Nampa.