FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Florence County Coroner Keith von Lutcken confirms two Florence men were killed by a train Thursday evening.
The website for South Carolina Highway Patrol says the incident occurred in Howe Springs on Bannockburn Road Thursday.
Florence County Sheriff's Office Captain Mike Nunn says between 5:30 and 5:45 p.m. a southbound AMTRAK train and a northbound CSX train were passing on the tracks a few hundred yards away from Howe Springs Road.
WMBF News has learned from Florence County Coroner Keith von Lutcken that the two men who died are 28-year-old Bradley S. "Jimmy" Keller Jr. of Florence and 22-year-old Jason David Mains, also of Florence.
Both men we are told are originally from Vermont. It's unclear how long they have been living in Florence County.
Based on the preliminary investigation, investigators believe the two men were walking down the Northbound track and, based on the direction they were heading, von Lutcken said they were probably heading back home.
One train was coming from behind them from the north, and one was coming towards them southbound on the other track.
They believe the men simply didn't hear the train coming from behind them because of the noise of the train heading toward them.
There are still some unanswered questions that WMBF News is working to find out today including more information about what train actually hit the men and if there were passengers on the AMTRAK train. We are also trying to learn more about Keller and Mains.
Through NIXLE alert, they advised that Howe Springs Road has reopened completely. Florence County Sheriff's Office and the CSX police are investigating.
Stick with WMBF News for the latest.