Coroner: Man killed by train near Midtown Medical Center

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comJuly 15, 2014 

Officials determined a train killed a 62-year-old homeless man Tuesday morning after the man's body was discovered at the railroad tracks near the Midtown Medical Center.

Muscogee County Chief Deputy Coroner Freeman Worley said Benjamin "Bennie" Clay was found at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and 16th Street around 6:45 a.m. He was pronounced dead of blunt-force trauma shortly after, Worley said.

Officials have not yet released details on the train that hit Clay. The man's body will be sent to Atlanta for autopsy.

Worley is working to determine if Clay frequented any area homeless shelters. Anyone with more information should call 706-653-3260.

On January 6, 51-year-old Paul Garner died from cold exposure. The local homless man's body was found in a vacant lot near the intersection of Third Avenue and 15th Street.

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