UPDATE: Man Dies After Being Hit By Train in Bowling Green

By: Lindsey Yates Email
By: Lindsey Yates Email
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A man has died after he was hit by a train overnight in Bowling Green.

The collision occurred at the railroad tracks just North of Dillard Road.

The Warren County Sheriff's Department received a call around 3 a.m. that 39 year old Paul Dickinson of Bowling Green had been hit by a train.

"According to CSX employees as they we're traveling up the line and observed a male laying across the tracks. They went into an emergency stop mode and before they could get the train stopped they had a collision with the pedestrian," says Captain Tim Robinson, Warren Co. Sheriff's Department.

Despite the train already going slow because it was traveling in a populated area it would not be quick enough to save Dickinson's life.

"They stopped fairly quickly it wasn't a long drawn out stop. It was pretty immediate," says Captain Robinson.

A collision of this nature can often require a lot of personnel.

"We were just kind of fortunate this morning that it was on a more isolated section of the track where we were able to contain it fairly quickly," says Robinson.

"We had a lot of great help trying to get the scene under control as far as the traffic and dealing with the train, they had to shut down the area for several hours," says David Goens, Deputy Coroner for Warren County.

The question still remains as to why Dickinson was on the tracks.

"We did send the body to Louisville for an autopsy to determine the cause of death and the manner of death," says Goens.

Captain Robinson says there are numerous safety hazards when it comes to walking on the tracks and the tracks are meant for trains only.

"There's no reason for a pedestrian to be out there. A lot of times there is not enough room for you and the train. The train is not going to be able to stop for you. It's not going to be able to veer to avoid you."

Captain Robinson added they are unsure if Dickinson was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.

The results from the autopsy could take weeks.


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