Canby man dies after hit by train Tuesday

Canby man dies after hit by train Tuesday

Canby man dies after hit by train Tuesday

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Posted on February 8, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 8 at 6:09 PM

CANBY, Ore. – A pedestrian died after getting struck by a train in Canby just before 7 p.m., Tuesday.

The train conductor said the man was walking along the track and there was no way to avoid hitting him.

Police later identified the victim as Robert Baker, 46, of Canby.

"Based upon a preliminary investigation, it is believed Mr. Baker was walking across the railroad tracks when he was hit by the lead locomotive. The impact threw Mr. Baker approximately fifty feet off the railroad tracks and into a nearby field," said Chief Bret Smith with the Canby Police Department. "The area where Mr. Baker was hit is not marked as a designated crossing for vehicles or pedestrians."

The Amtrak train was en route to Eugene from Seattle when the man was struck about nine miles south of Oregon City, investigators said.

No one on board the train was injured. The passengers were taken to Eugene on buses and their arrival was delayed about two hours.

An autopsy and blood toxicology report will be conducted by the Clackamas County Medical Examiner.

The public was invited to attend a Celebration of Life Service in memory of Baker. It was scheduled  to begin at 11 a.m., Monday at the Bethany Evangelical Free Church, located at 450 S. Ivy Street in Canby.

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