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New York couple dies in freight train suicide

Fifty-nine year old Earl L. Myatt contacted his son this weekend, told him he was “sorry for what he was about to do,” and then, with his ailing wife, stood on the tracks in upstate New York waiting for the eastbound freight train.

Both were killed when the CSX train hit them Sunday, according to New York State Police, who called the incident a suicide.

According to police, Mary Myatt, the wife, also 59, was “of diminished mental and physical capacity due to a brain aneurism for which she was recovering at the Oneida Healthcare Extended Care Facility.”

Bradford Myatt, the son, contacted police after his father called him.

A suicide note was found in Earl Myatt’s vehicle near the scene.

State police say Oneida County 911 dispatchers received a call around 1:40 p.m. Sunday from CSX Railroad reporting that an eastbound freight train had hit and killed two pedestrians at a rail crossing in the town of Verona, 30 miles east of Syracuse.



Fred Barbash, the editor of Morning Mix, is a former National Editor and London Bureau Chief for the Washington Post.



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