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UPDATE: Marshfield man falls before being hit by train

MARSHFIELD (WAOW) - A 62-year-old Marshfield man was killed when he was hit by a train as he attempted to cross some tracks as warning lights and a crossing bar were activated, Marshfield Police Chief Gary Jepsen said Wednesday.

The incident that killed Melvin G. Weis occurred about 9:45 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Veterans Parkway and Vine Avenue, Jepsen said.

According to Jepsen, Weis' brother told investigators that his brother often walked to a neighborhood convenience store to buy cigarettes about that time of night.

Witnesses told police the victim was on the south side of the tracks when the crossing lights and bar were activated warning of an oncoming train, Jepsen said.

Weis walked around the gates and proceeded to cross the tracks but slipped or fell forward onto his hands, Jepsen said in a statement. Weis was struck as he attempted to stand up and and get out of the way.

Witnesses told police that it appeared Weis looked at the oncoming Canadian National Railway train at least twice before deciding to try to beat it, Jepsen said.

Weis' brother told investigators that he had “just recently had contact with his brother and would have no reason to suspect that this would have been anything other than an accident,” Jepsen said.

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