Update: Oshkosh police say the man killed has been identified as Isiah Bowden, 65, of Oshkosh.
OSHKOSH – A 65-year-old Oshkosh man is dead after being hit by a Canadian National train in the area of a popular fishing spot.
“He was sitting on the edge of the rail on a bucket right next to the rail just a little bit too close,” said Lt. Don Wilson with the Oshkosh Police Department.
It happened about 9:40 p.m. Saturday near the 1600 block of S. Main Ave.
“All the sudden I heard the loud screech. I’ve never heard the train stop like that before,” said Dan Bennett.
Bennett lives half a mile away from where the accident happened.
“You could actually hear the train cars hitting each other as they stopped and it just totally stopped and we were like, ‘wow, that didn’t sound very good,'” Bennett said.
That’s not the only sound that echoed through the area.
Police said the train operator blew the whistle to try and warn the fisherman sitting near the tracks.
“[The] information right now supports the fact that they did everything they could,” Wilson said.
Lt. Wilson said a lot of people fish near the area where the man was stuck. That’s because it’s on Lake Winnebago. But the area is private property and fishermen aren’t supposed to be there.
“It’s railroad property because it’s so close to the lake but people still go there,” Wilson said.
Despite the posted signs, cars park along a dirt road and fishermen can be seen crossing the tracks.
People who fish near the area were surprised to hear about the accident.
“It’s pretty sad. It’s a pretty sad thing especially since the trains run through here all the time,” said Alberta Hearvey.
Wilson said the man sitting near the tracks didn’t hear the train coming and wasn’t able to move out of the way in time.
“That’s the main north-south track that they run through Oshkosh so they do go through there a lot; [it’s] very common. It’s the only way to get through Oshkosh on that track,” Wilson said.
Oshkosh police have not yet released the name of the victim.