Alcohol may have played role in Maine train death

Posted Nov. 12, 2010, at 5:15 a.m.

WINTHROP, Maine — Police say alcohol may have played a role in the death of a 26-year-old man who was struck and killed by a train in central Maine.

Police say Christopher Bourisk of Winthrop was stuck by a Pan Am Railways freight train in Winthrop at about 2:45 a.m. Tuesday.

Winthrop Police Chief Joe Young tells the Kennebec Journal that Bourisk may have been drinking before he was killed. “There is some indication that he may have been drinking, which opens up a whole avenue of supposition … what may or may not have happened,” Young said. “It appears he was lying on the railroad track, from the conductor’s statement. He rolled up on something, but wasn’t sure what it was. He didn’t have time to stop.”

Young said Bourisk was struck by the train halfway between the Annabessacook Crossing on Annabessacook Road and U.S. Route 202.

Cynthia Scarano, executive vice president of Pan Am, said Tuesday the train had 43 loaded and 44 empty boxcars and that the speed limit in that section of railroad is 25 mph.

She said information from the train’s black box would be reviewed by the company’s railroad police.

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