2 men struck, killed by train near Emmaus identified

Train fatalities identified in Upper Milford Township

EMMAUS, Pa. - The Lehigh County coroner's office has identified the two young men who were hit and killed by a train Monday afternoon.

Coroner Scott Grim said it is believed the two men, Padraic P. Cremins and Timothy S. Daddario, were attempting to cross the tracks in a wooded area behind Schultz Construction.

The incident happened at 3:30 p.m. when a Norfolk Southern train hit the men in the 1500 block of Chestnut Street in Upper Milford Township, officials said.

Cremins, 24, was pronounced dead at 4:17 p.m. Daddario, 22, died at 4:15 p.m.

According to the coroner, both men died of multiple blunt force injuries, and both deaths were ruled an accident.

Charles Schwab knew both men and said they recently moved to the Lehigh Valley.

They were living in a recovery home.

Cremins was originally from New York City.

"He was trying to get his life together, he was a good kid, he was young," Schwab said.

Daddario moved from the Philadelphia area and had a young child.

"He was a good kid, outspoken, I mean, he was trying to change his life," Schwab said.

Shawn Marie Hursh, a co-owner of Hursh Landscaping, said the two men worked for the company's lawn care division.

She called the incident "non-work related" as the two men had finished work and were walking to the Weis on Chestnut Street.

The company closed down on Monday in memory of both men.

A sign out front of the company was painted "Rest in Peace Tim and Padraic. Forever in our Heart."

Hursh said the company is planning a memorial for both men.

A scholarship fund has been set up for Daddario's child, Hursh said.

The coroner's office, along with the state police and Norfolk Southern Police Department, are conducting the investigation.

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