Report: Man Killed by Metro-North Train in Fairfield [UPDATE]

MTA police have taken over the investigation of the incident.

Update, 6:30 p.m., Monday, July 9

MTA police announced today that they released the incorrect name of the man who was killed after he was struck by a train Saturday.

According to a report in the Fairfield Sun, the man's name was Michael Leary of New Milford, not Michael Lang.

The incident remains under investigation by MTA police.

Update, 10:50 p.m., Sunday, July 8

The victim struck and killed by a Metro-North train in Fairfield Saturday has been identified as a New Milford man, according to the Connecticut Post.

Michael Lang, 51, was killed instantly when a New Haven-bound train struck him on the tracks behind the Stop & Shop on Kings Highway Cutoff. According to MTA officials, he had been lying in the tracks, the report stated.

Lang was reportedly issued a citation on June 6 by MTA police for trespassing on the tracks in the same area where he was killed, according to the report.

Update, 11:30 p.m, Saturday, July 7

MTA officials confirmed the victim struck earlier this evening by a Metro-North train died at the scene, according to the Connecticut Post.

Original Story - Saturday, July 7

Fairfield police are investigating a report of a person struck by a New Haven-bound Metro-North train on the tracks behind the Kings Highway Cutoff , according to a report in the Connecticut Post.

The report came in at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The victim was struck near a construction site on Kings Highway. According to the Post it is believed the person died instantly, though that was not confirmed by police Saturday.

The Post reported that the train was stopped on the tracks for about an hour and a half while emergency crews and MTA officials investigated the scene.

Metro-North's official Twitter account, @MetroNorthTweet, tweeted at 8:20 p.m. that New Haven line customers should expect 10-20 minutes of residual delays due to police activity in Fairfield.

As of 8:24 p.m., Metro-North tweeted the New Haven Line had resumed operating on or close to schedule.

brian kelly July 08, 2012 at 03:50 AM
stop and look left and right before crossing the train tracks. i guess that advice is too little too late...
g July 08, 2012 at 05:39 AM
that will probably happen every time you walk in front of a moving train..well never again to them
Bonnie Quinion Pozarlik July 08, 2012 at 12:18 PM
You know, it's because trains are so quiet and tend to sneak up on people and all
marlene kimberly July 08, 2012 at 01:24 PM
How terribly tragic...same spot, few yrs ago...a whole family was killed.
Jim Eastwood July 08, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Dear Fairfield What a shame !!! Have you considered that he/she might have wanted to walk in front of the train?? Marlene that Family of 7 was further down the tracks--just west of the N benson road overpass and extending down to round hill road So much of the track in Fairfield is street level and not at all fenced off Remember "It's Hard to Stop a Train !!!"
Black Bart July 08, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Jim, It was a family of five. Mom and her four kids from Peru. Of course as time passes the number of dead gets exagerated. Thats Jim
Jim Eastwood July 09, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Bart Thanks You are correct !!!! Don't ever forget that Incident nor the reasons for it !!! Have a Great Week !!!
Black Bart July 09, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Cant forget it Jim I responded to it. All those little pieces of body parts
Jim Eastwood July 09, 2012 at 08:56 AM
Bart Thanks I backed you up on this one Please carry the story for most don't understand Stay Safe and Thanks
Heather Dean July 11, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Two rules about trains: 1. Stay off and away from the tracks, 2. Always follow rule #1. Daughter of train engineer who dad saw too many "accidents" is his lifetime. Tragic, no matter the circumstances.


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