Man hit by train in Davidson Co. identified

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Ricky Van Workman

Ricky Van Workman

THOMASVILLE, N.C. (WGHP)— A man died after being hit by an Amtrak train Thursday night in Davidson County.

Ricky Van Workman, 52, was struck while walking on the railroad tracks between Lee Smith Road and Turner Road east of Lexington at about 7:50 p.m.

Officials say the train engineer observed Workman standing alone within inches of the outside rail. He died upon impact.

Deputies say there is no indication of suicide or foul play. They currently do not have a medical examiner’s report to tell if he was impaired.

Emergency workers on scene said the body was about 1/2 mile down the tracks from the Turner Road crossing, and crews were using four-wheelers to get there.

Crews also had to use ropes to climb down a steep hill to reach the victim, emergency officials said.

Amtrak officials said the train involved was the Carolinian heading southbound toward Lexington. No one on the train was injured, Amtrak officials said.

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