Man killed by train

By: Lynnsey Gardner Email
By: Lynnsey Gardner Email

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.

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  • by JIMBO Location: macon, ga on Sep 3, 2008 at 12:04 PM
    I am his brother and we all know it was suicide, you may want to be a little more considerate of family members.
  • by Tinna Location: Beech Isalnd on Mar 14, 2008 at 08:31 PM
    If you chech the records with Aiken SC you will find that this man has tried many time to kill himself by stepping out into trafic in Beech Island. This happened about a month or so ago and I was told it was the third time he had tried this. He was a care giver for a man in Beech Isalnd. I really don't think this was an accident.
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