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August 1, 2013

Man run over by train in apparent suicide

POCASSET —

An Amber man was killed this morning after he was struck by a train near Pocasset in what an Oklahoma Highway Patrol officer reports is an apparent suicide.

The incident occurred at 10:45 a.m. near  E1267 Road about a quarter mile to the east of Highway 81. Abbott Nelson, 80, was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to an OHP report filed by Trooper Rusty Russell, a Union Pacific train driven by Charles Ray Bennett was heading north toward Pocasset. Bennett told investigators he saw Nelson standing up just to the right of the train as it approached. When the train got closer, Nelson reportedly laid face down across the tracks when he was struck and killed.

"There doesn't appear to have been any foul play," Russell said. "I believe this appears to be a suicide."

OHP is still investigating the incident, including viewing any footage available from cameras that are on the front of some trains. They reported the condition of the driver appeared normal at the time of the accident. 

Grady County Sheriff's Office also responded to assist in the investigation.

This is the second time this year a person has been struck by a train and killed.

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