Man hit by train dies

Investigators classify death as a suicide

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— A 48-year-old Steamboat Springs man died late Sunday night after being hit by a train in downtown Steamboat.

Christopher C. Adams reportedly was lying on the tracks Sunday night near Fifth Street and River Road when a train hit him.

The Routt County Coroner's Office classified the death as a suicide. Deputy Coroner Heather McLaughlin said Adams died instantly from the impact of the train.

Steamboat Springs Assistant Police Chief Art Fiebing said the man operating the Union Pacific train noticed a man on the tracks and pulled the emergency brakes but could not stop the train on time. The westbound train was more than 6,000 feet long with empty coal cars, Police Detective Ross Kelly said.

The accident was reported at 11:14 p.m. Sunday, and the Steamboat Springs Police Department and an ambulance responded.

The police are investigating if alcohol or drugs were involved in the accident. The police are not sure if Adams was conscious at the time of his death.

Autopsy and toxicology tests are scheduled for later this week, McLaughlin. Police did not find any evidence at the scene of the accident that suggested substances were taken.

Adams lived in Dream Island Trailer Park and was a construction worker.

-- To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

or e-mail cmetz@steamboatpilot.com

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