A Centerville man died after being struck by a train while filling a tractor trailer with grain in Hagerstown.
Shortly after 10 a.m. Monday, March 14, Wayne County dispatchers received a 911 call from a Norfolk Southern train conductor who advised that a person had been struck by their train in the area of the Hagerstown Ag Center at 4379 N. Jacksonburg Road.
That location is just south of Indiana 38 and east of Indiana 1 in Hagerstown.
Wayne County Sheriff’s Office determined that Daryl King, 61, was struck by the eastbound train while filling a tractor trailer with grain.
It appeared as though King did not hear the approaching train, possibly due to noise from the tractor and other equipment on the property, said Sheriff Randy Retter.
The force of the collision caused King to fall near his trailer, which subsequently overflowed. King was then buried by a large mound of grain, Retter said.
Despite rescue efforts, King died as a result of his injuries.
All of Norfolk Southern’s safety and warning systems appeared to be functioning properly at the time of the accident, Retter said.
Retter thanked members of Hagerstown Volunteer Fire Department, Hagerstown Utilities, Reid Health Mobile Trauma and Wayne County’s coroner’s office and emergency communications staff for their involvement in this tragic incident.