Police ID man killed by train in Bay City - WNEM TV 5

Police ID man killed by train in Bay City

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BAY CITY, MI (WNEM) -

Authorities have identified the man hit and killed by a train in Bay City. 

It happened on the northwest side of the city at State and Hart.

The deputy director of the Bay City Department of Public Safety confirmed dispatch received a call at 8:17 p.m. on Friday, August 18 about a man being struck and killed by a train.

Investigators have revealed it was 26-year-old Eric Michael Johnstone of Bay City who died. 

Kimberly Harris told TV5 she was waiting in her car at the railroad crossing when the man was hit. 

"As I'm waiting for the train to pass, I notice in the distance there's a gentleman walking. I can see through the train gaps that somebody was walking. He all of a sudden disappeared and I'm still waiting on the train and they finally started moving and, as soon as it started moving, the gentleman dropped from the train right in front of the middle of the railroad tracks and just kept getting ran over," she described. 

Investigators said Johnstone was in a vehicle with his father and brother when he became impatient and got out of the car. Police said he told them he would "see them at home" and that he was going to cross between the railroad cars like he had done before. 

The train began moving as Johnstone was climbing between rail cars, police said. He lost his balance and was hit by the moving train. 

A large area was taped off as state troopers, sheriff's deputies and police investigated.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help family pay for funeral expenses. According to the page, Johnstone suffered the last two years from Huntington's Disease, an illness that also took the life of his mother. 

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