Severed Body Discovered In Tulsa Rail Yard

Thursday, April 9th 2009, 7:36 am
By: News On 6

TULSA, OK -- Tulsa Police investigate the death of a man they say was run over by a train.  An engineer for Burlington Northern Santa Fe made the gruesome discovery just after 11 p.m. Wednesday.

Tulsa Police said it wasn't his train that hit the victim; police say another train struck the man near West 41st St and Southwest Boulevard.

Tulsa Police told the News On 6 they have no idea who the victim is or why he was on the railroad tracks in the first place.

Police said an engineer leaving the rail yard saw the victim's severed body on the ground and called for help.

Investigators said another train actually hit the man sometime earlier, but no one reported an accident.

Police officers and BNSF officials are now investigating what happened.

"Right now what we're doing is we're investigating as to what happened out here. If this was an accident, someone playing on the tracks, or whether he was caught by surprise by the train," said Tulsa Police Captain Jonathan Brooks.

Police said the man was in his 30s.

Brooks said the victim doesn't appear to be homeless.