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Man hit and killed by train in Whitley County

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. (WKYT/WYMT) - On Friday night, tragedy struck at a southern Kentucky railroad crossing when police say a man walking across the tracks was hit and killed by a train.

It was around 5:30 Friday night when Whitley County Coroner Andy Croley says a man was hit by a train on Second Street in Williamsburg.

We’re told 36-year-old Jason Moses of Williamsburg was crossing the Second Street tracks near downtown Williamsburg when he was hit by a CSX train.

“The train did apply its emergency brake system and the conductor stopped the train and immediately called 911,” Coroner Andy Croley told us Friday.

Officials aren't sure why Moses didn't see the flashing red warning lights or hear the whistle but they say he was carrying headphones with him.

They believe he may have been listening to music although investigators won't be able confirm this theory until more evidence is reviewed.

“There is a camera on the train which we will view on Monday with the Williamsburg Police Department.”

Believe it or not, earlier this year a similar accident happened just a few blocks away.

“This is the second fatality. This is the second time a pedestrian was hit by a train in Williamsburg in the past year. The other one was one Main Street Crossing and this one was at Second Street.”

Coroner Croley also says the Second Street crossing doesn't have warning gates that come down before the train passes through but he's not sure if that played a part in Friday’s accident.


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