Police determine cause of deadly Goshen train accident

GOSHEN – Police say suicide was the cause of a deadly train-pedestrian collision in Goshen that killed a New Paris man Sunday night.

Goshen police say shortly before 8 p.m., officers learned about a pedestrian who was struck by a freight train on the Norfolk Southern tracks in the area of 1st Street and River Avenue.

Investigators say the train was headed east about 50 miles per hour when it hit and killed 39-year-old Thomas Griffis.

Police believe alcohol consumption on the part of Griffis played a role in the incident.

The train had four locomotives and was pulling 144 cars.

Two men on the train were not hurt.

The train was stopped for 2 1/2 hours while emergency crews conducted an investigation, contacted family members and positively identified the victim.