Update: After Accident, Trestle Trouble
Just hours after a Clarkson University student was struck by a train and fell to his death in the Raquette River, Potsdam police had to chase more young people off the train trestle.
It's nothing new, said Potsdam police chief Kevin Bates.
"We have had problems with people on the railroad tracks in the past," said Bates. "Number one, it is illegal to be on the train tracks."
The Clarkson student was killed in a train-pedestrian accident over the Raquette River early Sunday morning.
It appeared the train knocked Samarasekera unconscious.
"We're trying to determine where he was" before the accident, Bates said. It's possible Samarasekera was taking a short cut home from downtown to Clarkson student housing.
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