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Victim fatally hit by train in Fayette County identified as Belle Vernon man

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Sunday, April 13, 2014, 11:24 a.m.

A 39-year-old Belle Vernon man has been identified as the person who was killed early Saturday morning when he was hit by a freight train as he was lying down on railroad ties between the tracks near Fayette City, officials said.

The victim, Sandor Macz, was seen rising up from his prone position by personnel on an approaching CSX Corp. train, but the freight train was unable to stop before the train's undercarriage hit him, Fayette County Coroner Dr. Phillip E. Reilly said. The accident occurred in Washington Township during a time of heavy fog, Reilly said.

Macz died of blunt-force trauma and was pronounced dead at the scene, where authorities were summoned at 3:15 a.m.

The manner of death — whether it was accidental or suicide — has not been determined, Reilly said. The coroner said he has ruled out foul play.

Toxicology tests are pending, Reilly said.

Representatives at CSX's Jacksonville headquarters could not be reached on Sunday night.

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