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Sumner County Sheriff’s office rules train vs. pedestrian incident suicide

Avoid the area if possible or expect significant delays if you’re traveling the highway.
Avoid the area if possible or expect significant delays if you’re traveling the highway.(KBTX)
Published: Mar. 20, 2021 at 11:43 PM CDT
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Sumner County, Kan. (KWCH) - Monday Update: The Sumner County Sheriff’s Office has ruled a train vs. pedestrian incident that occurred Saturday afternoon to be a suicide.

Around 6:54 p.m. on Saturday, deputies were dispatched to the to the BNSF rail line near the intersection of 10th and Line in Belle Plaine. It was reported a train had possibly struck a person on or near the tracks.

Deputies arrived and learned Matthew Schnier, 34, of Belle Plaine, was found deceased north of the 8th Street crossing by the train crew.

Through interviewing witnesses and family members it was determined Schnier walked into the path of the train on purpose.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

One person is dead in a train vs. pedestrian crash in NW Belle Plaine.

Sumner County officials say this took place around 6:30 this evening. The victim was pronounced dead on scene.

Police are working to notify the next of kin before making their identity public.

We will update you on air and online as we learn more.

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