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Roy man hit and killed by train

Published June 1, 2013 10:42 am

Police investigating if man heard train before stepping onto tracks.
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A 25-year-old pedestrian was killed Saturday morning when a Union Pacific Railroad train struck him at a crossing in Roy, throwing the victim's body 100 feet down the tracks.

The Roy man, whom police identified as Thatcher Overton, was killed instantly when the southbound train struck him at 6000 S. 2400 West in Roy, said Roy police Sgt. Curtis Gibson.

The victim was apparently standing between two sets of tracks when the train was approaching about 1:35 a.m.

"The southbound train observed him, the arms were down on the crossing, and the engineer blew his horn, and for some reason he [the victim] just stepped in front of the train," Gibson said. "It's possible he didn't hear the train coming. He did have [music] ear buds in his ears."

The incident was still under investigation Saturday.

"We haven't had a lot of dealings with him," Gibson said about the victim. "There's no indication he was having any problems. It's just kind of a bizarre case. We're trying to find out what his motivation was."

In a statement issued Saturday, a Union Pacific Railroad spokesman said the incident was under investigation by railroad officials, and that it takes a train more than a mile to come to a complete stop. Meanwhile, "our train crew is working with peer counselors who help our train crew members work through the shock and grief of dealing with an incident like this one," stated spokesman Aaron Hunt.

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