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A Hudson man died March 20 after being struck by a train in a remote, wooded area just north of Kent.
Edward W. Dye, 43, whose last known address is at Willow Lake Drive in Hudson, was on foot when he was struck by a westbound Norfolk Southern train around 12:30 a.m. March 20 in Franklin Township, according to the Portage County Sheriff's Office. The incident occurred near an Akron water treatment facility about a half-mile east of Diagonal Road and west of Ravenna Road.
Portage County Sheriff David Doak said it's not clear why Dye was on the tracks.
Kent Fire Chief John Tosko said the train's engineer reported seeing Dye standing on the railroad tracks and sounding a horn, but said Dye did not react.
Dye was conscious at the scene for a few minutes after responders located him around 12:38 a.m. in the brush-shrouded area, but he was "gravely injured," Tosko said.
Dye then fell unconscious, and resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at the scene shortly afterward.
An investigation is ongoing, Doak said. No charges have been filed against the train operator. An autopsy is being conducted through the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office.
Dye was a 1988 graduate of Hudson High School, according to individuals sharing thoughts and memories about him on a Facebook page March 20.
"This is so sad," wrote Janet Reardon on the Hudson High School Class of 1988 Facebook page. "Ed will always be in my memory as such a funny guy with his great smile. My heart goes out to his loved ones."
Facebook: Jeremy Nobile, Record-Courier