PDT Staff Writer
A Scioto County man has been hit and killed by a train in the early morning hours Wednesday. Samuel McGuire, 44, of 404 Highland Bend, Sciotoville, was killed when he rested his head on a CSX Railroad track.
Scioto County Sheriff's deputies responded to the CSX railroad line in the area of Stout Hollow Road in Portsmouth in reference to a person having been struck by a CSX train on track No. 2. According to a deputy, upon arrival, he did locate a male that was on the ground approximately 20 feet from the tracks. The man was dead and had suffered head trauma.
Deputies said the man was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and dark pants with reflective stripes down the legs. Officers checked for identification in his wallet and found his identification as Samuel McGuire.
CSX conductor Benjamin A. Dalton and engineer S.P. Cline who were the operators of the train, told authorities they observed a subject on the railroad tracks with his head on the rails, “as if using the rail as a pillow.” According to the operators, as they approached the man they observed him raise his head just before he was struck by the train.
According to the Sheriff's report a beer can was found lying beside the track where the victim had been, and they located saliva on the railroad tie.
Scioto County Coroner Dr. Darren Adams said he responded to the scene, and he had the body sent to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office for an autopsy. Authorities notified McGuire's family of his death.
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