Train Accident In Westfield Kills Two People; Injures One

April 9, 2012 Updated Apr 9, 2012 at 4:27 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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April 9, 2012 Updated Apr 9, 2012 at 4:27 PM EDT

WESTFIELD, N.Y. ( WKBW ) Two people are dead, and 1 person seriously injured, after a train accident in Westfield Friday.

The incident occurred shortly after 6pm on the tracks near North Gale Street when three pedestrians were reportedly crossing the tracks.

The three young men were on a trestle that crosses Chautauqua Creek when they noticed the westbound train. However by that time it was too late to make it to safety, and all three men were struck.

Police say 20 year old Justin Halpainy-Livermore of Jamestown, along with 25 year old Brian Reed and 26 year old Benjamin Reed of Westfield were walking the trestle just after 6p.m. Friday when they were struck by the westbound Norfolk Southern freight train.

Brian Reed and Justin Halpainy-Livermore were pronounced dead at the scene. Benjamin Reed survived, and was flown to Hamot Medical Center in Erie, PA where he remains in serious condition at the time of this posting.

Funeral plans were announced for one of the two brothers killed in the accident. 20 year old Justin Halpainy-Livermore will be laid to rest after a service at the Jordan Funeral Home in Sinclariville.

Officials say the tracks are clearly marked with no trespassing signs, and that the train was reported to have been traveling within the speed limit for that area.

Despite his best effort, the train conductor was unable to stop in time.

Sgt. Brent Burgess of the Westfield Police Department told Eyewitness News, "That is why the trains are clearly marked no trespassing for incidents like this. The train obviously can't stop on a dime. If that train would have jumped the track for putting it in emergency braking, we would have had a much larger incident."

According to police, this is the 4th pedestrian accident within about a ten mile radius in the last few years.

Police expect to know more about what happened once autopsy and toxicology reports are in, and once investigators are able to go through the information on the "black box" recorder obtained from the train. That logs data like speed, and when brakes are applied.

The cause of the fatal accident is under investigation at this time.