Local law enforcement is still investigating the death of a man hit and killed by a train last week in Lenoir City.
A southbound Norfolk Southern train struck the man at 3:50 a.m. Dec. 18. A release from Norfolk Southern notes the train was en route from Rutherford, Penn., to Rossville. Norfolk Southern helped law enforcement with the investigation.
Lenoir City Police Chief Don White said the incident occurred near the Depot Street railroad crossing.
“It appears to be a suicide and we are not releasing the name at this point due to family members being out of state and everyone’s not notified,” he said.
White said an autopsy was performed Dec. 18 at the University of Tennessee forensic center, but as of Friday additional information could not be provided. White could not be reached for additional information by News-Herald presstime.
“At Norfolk Southern, the safety of our employees and the communities we serve is our No. 1 priority,” Rachel McDonnell Bradshaw, media relations manager, said in the release. “Norfolk Southern reminds the public that it is extremely dangerous, and also trespassing, to walk on or within the right-of-way of railroad tracks. People should cross tracks only at designated crossings and use extreme caution at all times.”