Middletown train death ruled accidental

A Middletown man died from major traumatic injuries after he was hit by a train Sunday night, according to the Butler County Coroner’s Office.

The cause of the death for Thomas Pennington, 35, of Roosevelt Boulevard, was accidental, officials said today after an autopsy was performed.

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When police arrived on the scene Sunday, Pennington’s body was lying on the east side of the railroad tracks just south of Manchester Avenue. The conductor told police he sounded the horn multiple times, but Pennington continued walking on the tracks.

Pennington’s back was to the train, according to the conductor.

The conductor activated the emergency brakes as the train got closer to Pennington. The train was traveling about 37 mph, according to the conductor.

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