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Coroner: Clio man's death on train tracks accidental

CLIO, SC (WMBF) - Test results have concluded that the man found along the train tracks in Clio on Monday was killed in an accident.

Clio Police Chief Pearlie Thomas says a call was made to 911 around 9:05 a.m., saying a body had been discovered on the side of the railroad tracks by a CSX employee.

The conductor of the CSX who made that discovery called to have someone check out what he thought may have been a body, then contacted the authorities, Thomas said.

Marlboro County Coroner, Tim Brown has identified the victim as 51-year-old Robert Locklear of Clio. Preliminary results show Locklear may have died after being struck by the train.

After Locklear's body was sent to MUSC for an autopsy to confirm his cause of death, Brown says they determined Locklear was struck by the train, and his death was an accident.

Coroner Brown says Locklear was pronounced dead on the scene.

The Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team and SLED are assisting in the investigation, says Lance Corporal Sonny Collins, spokesman for the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

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