Philmont man killed by train



Stockport, NY- Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett reports that the man struck by the Amtrak work train during the early morning hours today has been identified. Next of kin was notified and the individual was Matthew R. Harris, 42 years old, of Philmont New York.

An autopsy was performed on this date by Dr. Bernard Ng at Ellis Hospital. The result of that autopsy was multiple trauma injuries from the impact of the train causing death.

At this time the death doesn’t appear to be suspicious; however, Sheriff’s Office Investigators being assisted by Amtrak Police are continuing to investigate. Anyone who may have seen or had contact with Mr. Harris between the hours of 9pm Monday night to the early hours of Tuesday morning are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Branch at 518-828-4316 or the Sheriff’s Office dispatch at 518-828-3344.

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