UPDATE: Name of man hit and killed by train in Princeton released


An autopsy is scheduled on a man hit and killed by a train Friday morning in Princeton.

The Gibson County Coroner has confirmed that the victim was 51-year-old James White of Princeton.

It happened along the train tracks just south of the Train Depot in the heart of Princeton just before 7:00 Friday morning.

14 News got on scene just minutes after first responders. They say it was railroad employees with Norfolk Southern that called the accident in.

The employees say White walked right into the path of the train. There was no car involved, just the train and the pedestrian.

One official on scene tells us anytime something like this happens, it can be very disturbing to the railroad employees and any witnesses.

"As soon as they saw him, they tried to stop but the train is still going to go a long ways," said Sgt. Steve McNeece with the Princeton Police Department. "They were driving very slowly and they saw the person walking towards the front of their train as if he was going to get in front of it. They threw the brakes on as quick as they could. By the time they got stopped it was too late. They had already struck him."

Traffic just south of Broadway, mainly the side streets, were blocked for hours Friday morning.

Railroad inspectors had to check the tracks all the way down to the depot and back before the train could leave.

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