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Man killed by train in downtown Durant


DURANT -- Durant police say a man was found dead on railroad tracks just east of downtown.

It happened early Sunday morning. Police say a train conductor called 9-1-1 at 5:55 to report a large object on the railroad near S. 1st and W. Main St. Officers say the conductor advised he was traveling northbound on the tracks at a very slow speed.

Officers determined the large object was the body of Elijah Gabriel, 20, who had been struck by a train.

Investigators later determined an earlier southbound Union Pacific train had unknowingly hit Gabriel.

"With the conditions, I think it was pretty foggy, kind of hazy that morning, he probably didn't even see the subject," Durant police Detective Drew Hale said.

Police say they are now trying to obtain video from inside the train to determine exactly what happened.

The investigation is ongoing.