Lexington Police say the man was hit just after 1 Friday afternoon near the intersection of Southland Drive and Eastway Drive. The victim has been identified as 63-year-old Tony Burton Litten, of Richmond. The engineer told police he tried to warn the man lying on the tracks.
"Train can't veer like a car can, so he's limited to going straight down the tracks. The longer they are, the heavier they are, the longer it takes them to stop," says Lexington Police Lieutenant Fred Lisanby.
The Fayette County Coroner's Office says Litten died from multiple blunt force trauma injuries. His death is being investigated as an accident, but his family thinks it's far more suspicious. They wouldn't talk on camera, but they did say a man told them he took Litten to a pain clinic in Lexington Friday. He then told them he let Litten out of the car to use the bathroom around Southland Drive, but never saw him again.
Litten's family is afraid they'll never know the exact cause of death because of the extent of Litten's injuries.