A man walking on the train tracks in Cass County was killed Wednesday afternoon, when a train came along.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says that around 1:30pm Wednesday, a Norfolk Southern freight train was travelling along the tracks in Pokagon Township when it encountered a man in the tracks. The man, identified as 46-year-old John Paul Merritt of Niles, did not move and he was hit.

MLive reports that Merritt was pronounced dead at the scene.

At this time, why Merritt was in the area of the tracks, and why he didn’t move, remains under investigation.

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