Lexington man dies after being struck by train while wearing headphones

jwarren@herald-leader.comFebruary 20, 2014 

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A 20-year-old man was wearing large headphones when he stepped into the path of a train and was fatally injured Wednesday afternoon, Lexington police said.

The Fayette Coroner's office identified the victim as Zachariah Means of Lexington.

He died in the emergency room at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital at 5:37 p.m., about half an hour after being struck by the train just off Old Paris Pike, the coroner's office said.

Police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said the operator of the R.J. Corman Railroad Co. train told officers that Means was wearing headphones and pushing a bicycle near the tracks as the train approached. He then stepped into the train's path, Roberts said.

The accident occurred about 5 p.m. behind the Church of God at 1859 Old Paris Pike, police said.

The coroner's office listed multiple blunt-force trauma as the cause of death.

Jim Warren: (859) 231-3255.

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