E'town man killed by train was sleeping on tracks

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Police: Death ruled accidental

By Sarah Bennett

The death of an Elizabethtown man struck by a CSX train in May has been ruled accidental.

Harold Haire, 53, died from blunt force injuries sustained in a May 22 collision near Cox Lane, which turns off North Main Street in Elizabethtown, according to a medical examiner’s report completed last month.

At the time of the collision, officials with Elizabethtown Police Department said the incident appeared accidental but said it was unclear why Haire was on the tracks. Detective Pete Chytla confirmed the death Wednesday was accidental.

“Nothing indicates to us this was intentional,” Chytla said.

According to the detective, Haire was on top of a sleeping bag laid across the railroad tracks when he woke up and heard the train.

Haire appeared to have attempted to get out of the train’s path but was unable to do so in time, Chytla said.

“It was very unfortunate,” the detective said.

The train’s crew saw the man and applied the brakes, but the locomotive was unable to avoid the collision, Chytla said.

“The crew did what they were supposed to,” he said.

Toxicology results indicate 20.3 nanograms per milliliter of tetrahydrocannabinol — a psychoactive present in marijuana — was found, but Hardin County Coroner Dr. Bill Lee said the amount was not significant enough to contribute to the accident.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.