PAINESVILLE -- A Painesville man is in serious condition at MetroHealth Medical Center Monday night after allegedly riding into the path of a train Monday morning.
According to the Lake County Sheriff's Office, at 9:34 a.m. Monday, deputies responded to the intersection of the N&S Railroad Crossing at U.S. 20 (Mentor Ave.) in Painesville Township for a report of an accident involving a train and a pedestrian on a bicycle.
Painesville City police and the Painesville City and Painesville Township Fire Departments also responded to the scene.
Upon arrival, the pedestrian on the bicycle was found lying off the north side of Mentor Avenue and had sustained serious visible injuries.
Nyles Sealey, 18, of Painesville was conscious and immediately taken to Tri-Point Hospital and then flown via LifeFlight to MetroHealth Medical Center, where it was learned that he was in serious condition, according to a family source.
Independent witnesses were located and interviewed at the scene. From witness accounts and the investigation of the accident, it was learned that the witnesses were stopped at this intersection for a westbound train which consisted of two engines.
The lights and cross-bars were activated at the crossing and were working properly. Sealey was observed by witnesses racing alongside of the westbound train on his bicycle along the railroad right of way.
As the train entered the intersection, sheriffs' deputies say evidence at the scene indicated that Sealey may have tried to cross the intersection in an effort to make it across Mentor Avenue before the train.
The right front end of the engine struck Sealey and the bicycle in a sideswipe fashion. Sealey was thrown from the bike and rolled several feet off the north side of the roadway.
The N&S train engine had three occupants on board at the time of the accident -- a conductor, an engineer and a conductor-in-training. None of these employees sustained any injuries.
Sealey was operating a blue mountain-bike at the time of the accident.
There was no evidence to indicate that Sealey was under the influence of alcoholic beverages and or drugs. The case is still under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff's Office.