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Man killed after being hit by train
BANNER — Police and railroad officials are investigating the death of a 37-year-old Floyd County man who was run over by a train Saturday near his brother's home at Banner.

Brian Colin Sellards, of Banner, was pronounced dead at the scene by Floyd Deputy Coroner Glenn Frazier.

Frazier said Sellards' body was sent for an autopsy and results aren't expected for several weeks. It has not been determined whether Sellards was dead or alive before he was struck, he said.

Sellards had left the home of his wife, Dedra Sellards, of Garth by taxi and was going to his brother Ben Sellard's home, Frazier said.

"He was almost inside his brother's house," Frazier said. "A bridge got washed out by a flood and the only way to get to his house is by walking the tracks. A taxi picked him up at his wife's residence at Garth and let him out. The taxi was to meet him back there, but he didn't make it."

The CSX engineer told Frazier that he saw Sellards lying on the tracks but couldn't stop in time before running over him.

According to a state police news release, the incident happened just before 5 p.m. and the engineer attempted an emergency stop but was unsuccessful.

Responding to the scene were members of the sheriff's office, Allen Fire Department, Respond Ambulance and CSX detectives Jimmy Marcum and Lacy Goodman. Trooper Shaun Little is investigating the death.

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