UK student hit and killed by train in Pulaski County

jwarren@herald-leader.comMarch 24, 2014 

Korey R. Nicholls

A 19-year-old University of Kentucky student was killed early Monday morning in Pulaski County when he was hit by a train, sheriff's deputies said.

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Department said Korey E. Nicholls was standing in the middle of the tracks facing a northbound Norfolk-Southern train when he was struck just before 5:30 a.m.

The train crew tried to stop, the sheriff's department said.

It wasn't known why Nicholls stood in front of the train, but some postings on his Facebook account would suggest that he acted intentionally, the sheriff's department said.

Nicholls died at the scene, according to the Pulaski County coroner's office.

David Muse, the coroner's office manager, said Nicholls attended the University of Kentucky and lived about a quarter-mile from where he was struck.

According to the coroner's office, Nicholls was last seen about 2 a.m. Monday at his grandparents' home on Ky. 452, where he apparently had been living.

His grandparents had thought Nicholls was in bed, Muse said.

"The circumstances that led up the incident are still unclear," Muse said.

An autopsy has been scheduled, the coroner's office said.

Jim Warren: (859) 231-3255.

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