A 44-year-old Schenectady man was apparently dragged to his death late Tuesday night after being kicked off a train for disturbing passengers.
Police officers responding to an EMS call just after midnight found Troy Patrick Zabawczuk lying on the tracks at an Amtrak station in Rochester, according to Rochester police spokesman Steve Scott.
Zabawczuk appeared to have suffered a severe head injury and lacerations to his body.
An investigation found that he had apparently become drunk and disruptive on board the Chicago-bound Amtrak train during its late Tuesday stop at the Rochester station. The conductor refused to let Zabawczuk back on because of his behavior.
Scott said witnesses observed him try to jump back on the train as it left the station around 11:30 p.m.
“Investigators believe that the victim may have tried to jump onto the train as it departed and that he may have been dragged a short distance,” he said.
Amtrak policy allows train crews to refuse to let passengers aboard if they display objectionable conduct.
Zabawczuk was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital. He was pronounced dead at 2:15 a.m. Wednesday.
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