Man killed by train while looking at lottery ticket

May 18, 2008, 9:47 pm (29 comments)

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A man is dead after being struck and killed by a train near Buffalo, New York, while examining a scratch-off lottery ticket.

Police say 48-year-old Ronald Wittenberg of Lackawanna did not respond to the train's blaring horn as it approached him from behind as he walked between the rails.

Wittenberg was returning from fishing with a friend shortly after 7 p.m. Thursday. Police were told he had his head down and was examining the lottery ticket.

Wittenberg died from massive head and internal injuries, police said.



GamerMom's avatarGamerMom

maybe he was deaf?

RJOh's avatarRJOh

Examining a lottery ticket or even reading a news paper while walking between the rails of an active train track or even driving down the free way is just a thoughtless idea.

KY Floyd's avatarKY Floyd

Maybe he was, but my money is on stupid. Trains are easy to spot, and it's always easy to tell exactly where they're going to be. Standing in that spot and not paying attention isn't a very smart thing to do.

DC81's avatarDC81

I second stupid and if he was deaf that'd just mean he was deaf and stupid.


So..... Any word whether the ticket was a winner or not? <_< >_>

ThatScaryChick's avatarThatScaryChick

Quote: Originally posted by RJOh on May 18, 2008

Examining a lottery ticket or even reading a news paper while walking between the rails of an active train track or even driving down the free way is just a thoughtless idea.

I agree. I think it's a sad situation, but when you are around train tracks you have to be aware of you surroundings. It's not a place to reading things and ignoring what's going on. No Nod

Dr Lottery's avatarDr Lottery

What a way to go !! RIP""Blue Angel

Badger's avatarBadger

Totally bizarre !  I mean...he was returning from a fishing trip?  And walking between the rails on the tracks?   Was there no place else to walk?

And with the odds on scratchoffs, it was probably a loser.

time*treat's avatartime*treat

Walking on railroad tracks. Why? What?

As I understand it, the rails warn you where trains tend to congregate.

As Larry-the-cable-guy warns: "If you ever find yourself being attacked by a train do this..." [Jumps to side]

But, as Ron White tells us, "You can't fix 'stupid'. "

hearsetrax's avatarhearsetrax

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one for darwin's ROFL

fja's avatarfja

Anybody bother to look for the ticket,  cause the one thing that will freeze me in my tracks, is scratching off a million dollar winner!!!!

Raven62's avatarRaven62

He got Lost in the Moment: The Ticket was a Winner!

pigsNtrees's avatarpigsNtrees

This story doesn't pass the smell test. If he was 40 feet behind his friend, he must of jumped off the track first. So how did he know his friend was looking at the ticket at the time the train hit him? It will be interesting to see if his friend cashes in a large sum scratch-off.


Buffalo News


"The train was blaring its horn for 45 seconds or a minute straight," Lackawanna Police Capt. Ronald Miller said. "For some reason, he never heard the horn."


Wittenberg, who was returning from fishing with a friend, was walking between the rails, about 40 feet behind his friend, with his head down while examining the lottery ticket, police were told. The train approached from behind.

gocart1's avatargocart1

SAD STORY , But beer is almost always on my fishing trips

kjs703's avatarkjs703

Sounds like a CSI story to me.....

Once they start investigating, the friend will be arrested for killing his friend for catching the "big one"!  (smirk)

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