Glendale Man Second Person Hit by Train in Flagstaff This Month

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For the second time in less than a month a person was hit by a train in Flagstaff. And, for the second time in less than a month, a person has died after being hit by a train in Flagstaff.

The latest casualty of the Flagstaff railroad tracks is 57-year-old John Burgin, of Glendale.

Flagstaff police say on Friday night officers responded to the Walnut Canyon overpass after they'd received calls that someone had been hit by a train. When they got there they found Burgin dead.

A spokesman for the Flagstaff Police Department tells New Times the incident is currently under investigation but it initially appears that Burgin jumped onto the train from the overpass.


We asked the spokesman if it was a suicide or if Burgin was tryin' to hitch a ride. He said it definitely looked more like a suicide.

Should that be the case, jumping on to a moving train certainly wouldn't be our first choice if we were planning to end it all, but at least Burgin chose a thorough method. In other words, it'd be pretty tough to argue that jumping onto a moving train is a "cry for help."

Earlier this month another man was killed after being hit by a train in Flagstaff. That man, 47-year-old Johnnie Augustine, it seems, wasn't looking to kill himself. Augustine, rather, was drunk and thought he could win a race with a train. Unfortunately for Augustine, he was the silver medalist in that race.

Augustine tried to run across the tracks as a train approached and was hit by what witnesses described as a "glancing blow." As "glancing" as it may have been, it was enough to kill Augustine, who died at the scene.



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5 comments
Jcbeeler
Jcbeeler

I happen to be the Aunt of this very intelegent and honorable man (John Burgin) and he was very well loved by all of his family and friends. For him to do this had to have been a very painful thing and he will be missed by all that knew him. This article was a very mean and hateful thing to write. Shame on You!!!!!!!We all love you John, Love Aunt Jan

Bman45
Bman45

The tone of the New Times article on John Burgin was both insensitive and unnessecary. Was the "author" trying to get a chuckle from his readers from this tragedy? No wonder your paper is free.

fghijkl
fghijkl

I agree with the commenter. These were stupid, cold, and juvenile comments on the part of the "journalist." This man was very well-loved and the news and manner of his death was quite painful to his family and friends. Mr. Burgin was neither some politician or some public figure who your paper wants to investigate. We all know The New Times lives for shock value but, come on. Either report with some dignity or leave it alone.

Abcde
Abcde

Concerning: " jumping on to a moving train certainly wouldn't be our first choice if we were planning to end it all, but at least Burgin chose a thorough method. " ... and "argue that jumping onto a moving train is a "cry for help." .... these are stupid comments ... nobody cares how the writer of this blog /article would choose to end it all .. this is a very sad thing for the Many, many people that knew and loved John ...

Drowe
Drowe

What a rude article. This was a tragedy and a very painful loss to those of us who loved him. Obviously this writer is a very shallow person and has never experienced the death of a loved one. I'm surprised this article was approved by the editor of the newspaper.

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