Missing Madison County couple killed by freight train in apparent suicide

Authorities say two people struck and killed by a freight train were a married couple whose deaths were an apparent suicide.

State Police say Oneida County 911 dispatchers received a call just before 1:40 p.m. Sunday from CSX Railroad reporting that an eastbound freight train had hit and killed two pedestrians at a rail crossing in the town of Verona, 30 miles east of Syracuse.

Troopers identify the pedestrians as Earl and Mary Myatt, both 59. Troopers say a suicide note was found in Earl Myatt's vehicle near the scene.

The couple had been the subjects of a missing persons report out of Oneida. Officials say the couple's son, Bradford Myatt, called police after his father contacted him stating he was "sorry for what he was about to do."

Police say Mary Myatt "was of diminished mental and physical capacity" and had been recovering at the Oneida Healthcare Extended Care Facility after suffering a brain aneurysm.

Police say their investigation is continuing.

(Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.)