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Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - Updated: 10:26 AM

Man, boy killed by train were on trestle

KINGSBURY (AP) -- Authorities say the man and 6-year-old boy fatally struck by a New York City-bound Amtrak train were fishing on a narrow upstate trestle when they were killed.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office says 30-year-old Paul Wallach of Kingsbury had taken Jordan Catellier fishing Sunday evening on a rail trestle over a creek in their hometown, located 50 miles north of Albany.

Officials say both were hit by the southbound train after they were unable to get off the trestle in time. Authorities say the train didn't stop.

Someone spotted one of the bodies along the tracks and called 911.

The sheriff says video footage from the train has confirmed that both victims were on the trestle when they were hit.

Police are working with Amtrak to determine the train crew's actions before and after the accident.

Archaeologist pens new book on fort

LAKE GEORGE (AP) -- The longtime leader of archaeological digs at upstate New York 18th-century military sites has a new book out that details decades of excavations at Lake George.

"The Legacy of Fort William Henry" by David Starbuck was published recently by University Press of New England.

Starbuck has been leading summertime archaeological field schools at historical sites along the upper Hudson River and the Lake George region since the early 1990s. His latest book focuses on the excavations conducted at Fort William Henry, the tourism attraction constructed on the site of the original fortification built and later destroyed during the French and Indian War.

Starbuck's book includes information on his findings from more recent excavations at the fort, scene of the real-life events depicted in "The Last of the Mohicans."

     

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