Investigators believe a man found in Tuscaloosa early Tuesday was accidentally struck by a train.

At approximately 12:15 a.m. Tuscaloosa Police Officers were called to the area of a railroad crossing near the 2600 block of 18th Street, between Jemison Avenue and TY Rogers Jr Avenue.

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A passerby had reported a man dead on the side of the road at the location. The Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit was then called to investigate.

The victim was identified as Willie Harris, age 63. Investigators believe he was killed after he was struck by a train.

Jack Kennedy, Captain of the multi-agency Tuscaloosa VCU, said that at this time, the death appears to have been accidental.

The investigation is ongoing. Stay connected with The Tuscaloosa Thread as more information becomes available.

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