Stay off the tracks, police warn college students

Staff Writer
Tuesday, December 05, 2017

AMHERST — A photo op didn’t go as planned Sunday afternoon, when several college-age women who had gathered on the railroad tracks off Railroad Street for a group picture were advised by police officers to move.

Police responded at 3:18 p.m. to the vicinity of the former Amtrak stop, located near Main Street, where the women were preparing to pose.

Detective Jamie Reardon said they were reminded that walking or standing on the tracks is considered trespassing on private property.

Though no longer used for passenger service, the tracks continue to service freight trains.

In September, a freight train came to an abrupt stop in the same area, blocking Main Street for 15 minutes, to avoid striking a pickup truck in the VFW parking lot that was blocking the tracks.

Last December, a 40-year-old male pedestrian suffered significant injuries after being struck by a freight train on the same tracks,  closer to where they cross High Street.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.