A man died in a train-truck collision early Wednesday morning at Highway 65 South and Klie Road, according to a news release from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
The man was identified as Eugene Lazell Fletcher, a 55 year old black male.
Jefferson County deputies were dispatched to a railroad crossing at 8:28 a.m. at the scene. Deputies arrived at 8:45 a.m. to find that a yellow pickup truck was hit by a train, consisting of 116 rail cars, traveling at 37 miles per hour. Deputies stated that heavy fog obscured their view of the area upon arrival, according to the news release.
The investigation of the incident is ongoing. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division is awaiting a video from Union Pacific Railroad for more information regarding the incident.