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Officials investigate baseball player's death

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Deputies still investigating after a West Virginia State University baseball player was struck and killed by a train over the weekend.

Tyler Kincaid, 20, was walking along the railroad tracks at about 3 a.m. Sunday between Hedrick Road and Joyce Road in Scott Depot when a westbound train struck him, Putnam Sheriff Steve Deweese said Monday.

Kincaid lives near the scene of the incident. He did not know what Kincaid had been doing prior to the incident.

Deweese said it wasn't clear if Kincaid was walking toward or away from the train. The conductor saw the young man and blew the whistle to alert him but to no avail.

"He did everything by the book to try to avoid a collision with him," Deweese said.

He said it's illegal and very dangerous to walk on railroad tracks. The sheriff did not know why the man did not move from the tracks.

"There weren't any headsets or anything like that found at the scene, but that's not to say there weren't any at all, just that we haven't found any," Deweese said.

Kincaid's body was sent to the office of the state Medical Examiner for autopsy.

Kincaid was a standout baseball player at Winfield High School. He graduated in 2011 and went on to State and joined their team. He sat out a year because of injury but played last season with his brother, Dustin, who joined State's roster in 2012.

Dustin Kincaid underwent emergency surgery after being struck in the temple by a line drive while he was pitching in a March 2012 game. Sean Loyd, State's athletic director and assistant baseball coach, said Dustin told him Tyler was a big part of his recovery afterward. 

A candlelight vigil was held at Winfield High School's baseball field Sunday evening.

 


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