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Man killed by train identified

The victim of a fatal train accident has been identified.

Clark County Coroner Robert Gayheart said the man killed by a train Sunday was 35-year-old Brandon Payton of Winchester.

Gayheart said family members provided a photo of Payton for facial verification and confirmed his identity in person late Sunday night.

Clark County Sheriff Berl Perdue Jr. said the collision happened around 2 a.m. Sunday on a set of tracks near Enterprise Drive in the Winchester Industrial Park.

Payton’s identity remained unknown for most of the day Sunday because there was no identification found at the scene of the accident.

Gayheart said Payton died at the scene from blunt force trauma. Because a commercial vehicle was involved in the incident, Gayheart said an autopsy and toxicology would still be conducted Monday.

Authorities did not have information about why Payton may have been on the tracks, but Gayheart said video footage from the train may provide more details when it is available.

“We have no idea why he was there,” Clark County Sheriff Berl Perdue Jr. said. “The engineer said they saw something on the track that they thought was a garbage bag. As they got closer, this man stood up. At that point, there was no way they could stop.

“There was nothing on the scene to indicate drugs or alcohol were involved, but a toxicology report will be done during the autopsy to determine that.”

Gayheart said Payton’s family had been looking for him prior to the accident.

Anyone with additional information about the incident is asked to call Perdue’s office at 744-4390.

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Whitney Leggett is managing editor of The Winchester Sun and Winchester Living magazine. To contact her, email whitney.leggett@winchestersun.com or call 859-759-0049.

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