Journal Register News Service

PHOENIXVILLE -- The identity of a man who died after being struck by a train near Columbia Station Wednesday afternoon was released by officials Thursday morning.

Chester County Coroner Dr. Robert O. Satriale identified the man as Christopher Demo, 39, of Phoenixville. Satriale said an autopsy was scheduled for this morning at Phoenixville Hospital.

The death is being investigated as a suicide, Satriale confirmed.

Satriale said Demo was struck by a Norfolk Southern freight train that was traveling from Allentown to Camden at 3:42 p.m. Wednesday. Demo was pronounced dead at 4:50 p.m.

Demo's body was located near the train tracks east of Columbia Station Robert Ryan's Catering on Bridge Street.

Satriale said there is video footage from the train that may be reviewed by investigators.

A dispatcher with Chester County Radio said Wednesday night that the call to 911 came in at 3:53 p.m. from Norfolk Southern.

Investigators were at the scene for more than four hours Wednesday night.

In addition to the Chester County coroner's office, Phoenixville Police were also investigating the incident.

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