Madison County

Madison authorities seek relatives of man hit by train

Richmond police and the Madison County coroner are trying to find relatives of a man who died late Wednesday after he was struck by a CSX train.

Charles Wayne Harris, 61, apparently had been sitting on the tracks about a half-mile north of the Four Mile Road crossing when he was struck by the train, which was pulling 67 cars, officials said.

Police were called at 11:19 p.m. Wednesday, said Richmond police Chief Larry Brock.

Madison County Coroner Jimmy Cornelison said Harris was from Panama City, Fla., but had been in Madison County for many years.

"He apparently did not realize the train was approaching, and then when he saw the train was near him, attempted to move but it was too late," Brock said. Harris' body was found on the east side of the tracks. A bottle of whiskey and a pair of eyeglasses were found nearby.

"We don't know if that was his liquor bottle, but it was found in the same area where he was sitting," Brock said.

This is the second fatal train accident in three weeks in Madison County.

On Aug. 11, Hillary Hadley, 21, a Eastern Kentucky University student, died when a train collided with a pickup she was driving at a crossing in the Berea industrial park.

Anyone with information about Harris should contact Richmond police or the Madison County coroner.