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Cyclist struck, killed by train in Norman

A train struck and killed a cyclist August 16 in downtown Norman. (KOKH/Jennifer Falsetti)

One person is dead after a cyclist was struck by a train Wednesday in Norman.

The Norman Police Department reports that at approximately 1 p.m. August 16 a bicyclist driving west on Main Street was struck and killed by a train. Norman Police Department Public Information Officer Sarah Jensen said the conductor sounded his horn when noticing the bicyclist, but it didn't prevent him from crossing the tracks. The City of Norman passed a quiet zone ordinance which prevents trains from blowing their horns through downtown Norman but conductors are allowed to blow their horn in certain instances.

"If a conductor senses a danger as they approach a crossing they are allowed to sound the horn." Jensen said. "It did not prevent the individual from crossing in front of the train."

This isn't the first time a pedestrian has been killed by a train in the area, but is the first fatality of 2017 in Norman.

Train crossings from Acres to Eufaula Street were blocked during the investigation. Shortly after 3:30 all crossings, except Main Street, were re-opened.


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