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Police name Scott County man killed by train

Staff report • Jan 9, 2019 at 11:47 AM

GATE CITY — Police have publicly identified a 33-year-old Scott County resident as the man who was fatally struck by a train on Tuesday evening.

A Wednesday morning release states that Benjamin Lee Elliott was hit by a Norfolk Southern train and pronounced dead at the scene. According to Scott County Sheriff’s Office Major Chris Holder, Elliott was walking on tracks near his home in the Clinch River area. He was near the trestle crossing the river, but not actually on it, as previously reported. 

Investigators worked the incident throughout the night. A probe is continuing, but authorities say no additional details will be released at this time.

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