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Man killed trying to rescue another on train tracks was bank employee

YOKOHAMA (Kyodo) -- The man hit and killed Saturday by an oncoming train while attempting to rescue an elderly man trapped at a level crossing in Kawasaki just outside of Tokyo was a 52-year-old employee of the Bank of Yokohama, a police official and his employer said Sunday.

    Masashi Kodama's family released a statement through the bank the same day, saying, "We are upset at this point. We implore you to kindly let us be, taking into consideration the situation we are in."

    The elderly man killed in the 9:10 a.m. accident remained unidentified late Sunday but was believed to be a 77-year-old resident of Kawasaki, judging from the driver's license he had with him.

    Police said security camera footage showed the elderly man entering the level crossing near Hatchonawate Station on the Keikyu Line after red warning lights began blinking. The footage also showed him standing still with the safety barriers lowered and Kodama entering the crossing by lifting one of the barriers.

    The police are looking into the possibility that the older man was cognitively impaired.

    Kodama was apparently struck and killed while trying to drag the elderly man out of the path of the train. He had been working in a personnel section of the bank, according to his employer.

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