Video gives no new clues in Sept. train death

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By Shane Farley
November 13, 2013 - 3:12:49 am

Video footage provided little, if any, new information about a late September accident in which a Winfield man was struck and killed by a train near the fairgrounds.

Investigators said they reviewed recordings from a camera on board the locomotive, but came away with no clarifying evidence. 22-year-old Samuel Dimit was killed Sept. 21 during the annual Walnut Valley Festival.

Police Chief Danny Parker said it remained unclear whether Dimit walked in front of the train intentionally or perhaps was under the influence and fell asleep, or passed out on the tracks.

Dimit was killed around 4:05 a.m. about 100 yards south of where the railroad tracks intersect 14th Ave. His body was found well away from any lighting or crossing arms.

Trackers determined no one else was in the area at the time of the accident and foul play has been ruled out.

Authorities are waiting on toxicology reports to come in before concluding the investigation.

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