March 14, 2008
AUGUSTA, Ga.--- A man is dead after being hit by a train in downtown Augusta. It happened off of 15th Street, right behind the Broad Street bus depot.
A witness told News 12 a man tried to run and jump onto the train, missed, and fell under the train.
Richmond County Coroner Grover Tuten identfies the man as 52-year-old Charles Matthew Walker from Beech Island. Walker is known to be homeless according to Tuten.
Tuten says Walker's van was found parked about a block away at the Salvation Army.
Right now, Tuten says Walker's death appears to be intentional, but it's still pending further investigation.
The coroner says Walker had a Masters degree and a PhD.
Tuten said the train's engineer was interviewed by investigators. He said he never even saw the man. The train is equipped with cameras, and investigators have downloaded the video to review.
Traffic downtown was backed up because a second train had to be stopped while the sheriff's office investigated the scene.