SC man killed after being hit by train in Columbia

COLUMBIA — A South Carolina man has died after he was struck by a train while sitting on railroad tracks in Columbia.

The State reported that an Amtrak passenger train hit 28-year-old Brandon Surginer of Columbia early Saturday.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts says Surginer didn't move from the tracks near Columbia College when the engineer blew the train horn.

Watts says he didn't know how fast the train was going but he says it took the train a mile to stop.

The coroner says toxicology tests will be done on the body to check for drugs or alcohol.

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