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Police investigating after human remains found near train depot

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Authorities are investigating after human remains were found near a train depot in Bowling Green.

BGPD Public Information Officer Ronnie Ward said a person was hit by a train early Friday morning. Officers originally responded around 3 a.m.

A second call came in later Friday morning after human remains were spotted in the area. Ward said the remains were likely not seen in the dark.

According to the traffic collision report, Unit 1 was traveling North on the railroad passing behind 401 Kentucky Street, known as the Train Depot.

The conductor advised he observed someone to be passed out and lying down on the roadway. He immediately stopped the train and notified dispatch.

Officers from the Bowling Green Police Department, Medical Center EMS, and the conductor began searching the train tracks from Kentucky Street to W 12th Avenue.

Medical Center EMS had located the body of a deceased male who was underneath one of the rail cars on the train tracks behind the Train Depot

According to the conductor, over 60 cars were on the track. The conductor advised the engine was on autopilot and was traveling approximately 40-45mph before seeing the male lying down on the tracks.

Officers later identified the male as Marty Walker. His brown blanket and umbrella were found along the tracks. According to coroner Kevin Kirby, Walker passed away at 3:39 a.m.

Accident reconstruction was requested and is currently pending.

The investigation is ongoing.

Story credit: Brennan Crain & Gabrielle Bunton-WBKO/Bowling Green