published Friday, August 8th, 2014

Whitfield County officials identify man hit by train

Whitfield County, Ga., investigators have identified the man who was hit and killed by a train Monday night as 23-year-old Daryl Shea Bell.

Witnesses said Bell intentionally ran toward an approaching train on South Dug Gap Road in southern Whitfield County around 10:30 p.m. Monday, Whitfield County Sheriff’s office Capt. Rick Swiney said in a news release.

Investigators at first could not identify Bell, but the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab was able to use fingerprints to confirm that Bell was the victim. Bell lived about three miles from the site of the incident. Investigators discovered that Bell walked away from his home about two hours before he was killed.

The train conductor and another witness on the train said Bell jumped onto the tracks and ran toward the train intentionally as it approached. The train was moving at about 40 miles per hour when it struck and killed Bell.

Toxicology and additional autopsy information are pending.

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