NY Woman Anna Podgorbunski ID’d As Pedestrian In Friday Fatal Greenport Amtrak Strike

SUFFOLK COUNTY, NY. (THECOUNT) — Anna Marika Podgorbunski, of New York, New York, has been identified as the pedestrian fatally struck by a train Friday night in Suffolk County.

Podgorbunski, 54, was killed after she was struck by an Amtrak train near Greenport Friday night.

According to reports, Podgorbunski was walking on the train tracks with another person near south of Albany, when she was fatally struck by the Amtrak Maple Leaf Train 64 around 7:30 p.m. Friday.

According to Amtrak, the train came into contact with two people trespassing on the railroad south of Albany. There were no injuries to Amtrak customers or any crew members.

Information on the other involved pedestrian was not provided.

The deadly incident remains under investigation.


Geo quick facts: Suffolk County is a predominantly suburban county on Long Island and the easternmost county in the U.S. state of New York. As of the 2010 census, the county’s population was 1,493,350, estimated to have decreased slightly to 1,481,093 in 2018, making it the fourth-most populous county in New York – Wikipedia.

MO Men Titusan Townsend & Ricky Tillman ID’d As Victims In Friday Pemiscot Double-Fatal Train Strike

PEMISCOT COUNTY, MO. (THECOUNT) — Titusan Townsend, of Columbia, Missouri and Ricky Tillman, 51, of Kennett, Missouri, have been identified as the victims in a double-fatal train-strike Friday night in Pemiscot County.

Townsend, 52, and Tillman, 51, were both killed in a train-versus-vehicle collision near Columbia Friday.

According to reports, the men were traveling in a vehicle when it failed to yield at a railroad crossing. The vehicle was then struck by a passing train around 5:30 p.m. Friday.

The crossing was marked by cross bucks, according to officials.

The cause of the deadly incident remains under investigation.


Geo quick facts: Pemiscot County is a county located in the southeastern corner in the Bootheel in the U.S. state of Missouri, with the Mississippi River forming its eastern border. As of the 2010 census, the population was 18,296. The largest city and county seat is Caruthersville – Wikipedia.

Blaze Radio Host Michael “Doc” Thompson Killed After Struck By Train In Texas Tuesday

DALLAS, TX. (THECOUNT) — Former Richmond, VA, talk radio host Michael “Doc” Thompson was hit by a train and killed in Haltom City, Texas, WTVR is reporting.

Thompson, 49, was running near the train tracks Tuesday when he was struck, say local news reports.

Wireless earbuds were found near the scene, but it was not clear if he was wearing them at the time, police told the Dallas News.

News of Thompson’s death was also reported on his own show — the Doc Thompson’s Daily MoJo show — streamed live on Facebook Wednesday morning.

Doc Thompson exits, WRVA to replace afternoon host

“I wish this was some sick joke, I wish it wasn’t true,” co-host Brad Staggs said on Wednesday’s show.

A GoFundMe set-up to help Thompson’s wife and children raised more than $55,000 in less than six hours.

Thompson hosted an afternoon talk radio show on WRVA in Richmond from 2007 – 2012.

“I am no longer hosting my Richmond show,” he posted on Facebook in February 2012. “In the world of radio broadcasting… sometimes these things just happen. As I said earlier in the week it will all work out for the best and I am blessed.”

He went on to host a show on Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze radio.

“Doc was one of those one-in-a million talents, who was the same on the air as off the air,” Beck told TheBlaze. “But what made him truly unique was that he truly tried to serve his audience, those who were less fortunate and struggling, as well as the small entrepreneurs who were clients of his show. He truly was excited at other people’s success.”

This is a developing story.

Geo quick facts: Haltom City is a city that is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth region and inside Tarrant County, Texas, United States. The population was 42,409 at the 2010 census. Haltom City is a inner suburb of Fort Worth, a principal city of the DFW Metroplex – Wikipedia.

SC Man Struck And Killed By Train In Wallace Identified As Richard Jacobs Jr

MARLBORO COUNTY, SC. (THECOUNT) — Richard Jacobs Jr., has been identified as the pedestrian killed Sunday morning after being struck by a train.

According to the Marlboro County Coroner, Jacobs, 28, was hit by the oncoming train on Step Road and Highway 177. The incident happened in the Wallace Community of Marlboro County.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

It is unclear why Jacobs was on the tracks at the time of the fatal incident.

This developing situation. Check back as more information is made available. Continue reading

Florida Girl 11 Struck By Amtrak Was ‘Looking At Phone, Wearing Earbuds’

TheCount.com has learned, an 11-year-old Polk County, Florida girl, who died after being struck by an Amtrak train Wednesday afternoon, was looking at her cell-phone with headphones in her ears while crossing the tracks, the train’s engineer told police.

The girl, identified as Yazmin White, of Haines City, had headphones in her ears and was looking at her cellphone when the train hit her, confirmed to the Polk County Sheriff’s Department.

White was pronounced dead at the scene, just a few hundred feet from her family’s home.

“She certainly didn’t hear the train or she wouldn’t have walked up on the track,” Sheriff Grady Judd said at a press conference Thursday. “The engineer blew that horn solid for probably a quarter of a mile.”

The train, with 12 passenger cars and two locomotives, was traveling at 68 mph at the time of the accident, according to officials.

The conductor, who isn’t expected to face charges, said he tried to brake and blew the horn multiple times but White never looked up, WFTS reported. Continue reading