A Pine Bluff man was killed Friday night when he was apparently struck by a train while working on it near Evergreen Packaging on Fairfield Road.

A Pine Bluff man was killed Friday night when he was apparently struck by a train while working on it near Evergreen Packaging on Fairfield Road.


Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelley identified the victim as Kye Garrett Stewart, 35, who was pronounced dead at the scene by Deputy Coroner Eric Belcher at 10:53 p.m. The cause of death was listed as multiple blunt force trauma and Kelley said the body would be sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office on Sunday for an autopsy.


According to a press release from Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Lafayette Woods Jr., witnesses from Evergreen Packaging said Stewart was coupling several train cars when the operator radioed to him to failed to receive a response.


The operator got out of the train, which was carrying at least 35 train cars, and walked toward the rear, where he discovered Stewart, who worked for Railroad Switching Service, underneath the wheels of the ninth car.


Woods said the accident occurred at about 9:55 p.m., which is when deputies and criminal investigators were sent to a section of railroad track near 5201 Fairfield Road.


Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) was noticed of the accident, Woods said, adding that the accident is still under investigation.