Greer man killed by train Sunday is identified

Published on Monday, September 8, 2014

Greer Police have identified a Greer man who died Sunday when he was hit by a Norfolk Southern train between Moore and Poinsett Street.

James Martin Bruton, 49, was struck by the locomotive about 2:30 p.m. Police report Bruton was located lying along side the tracks approximately 20 feet from the rails.

The train’s engineer told police the train was heading toward Duncan at 47 miles per hour when they observed Bruton approach the rails. The victim had crossed a spur line rail that leads into the Inland Port and had stopped between the two sets of rails, according to the report.

The train’s engineers told police Bruton appeared to be impaired or that he was having trouble walking at the time they saw him. Bruton appeared to stop as if he was going to wait for the train to pass.

As the train approached Bruton, he attempted to cross in front of the locomotive, an engineer told police. Bruton was struck on the right side of the “cow-catcher”, according to the report. The engineer reportedly engaged the emergency brake and traveled almost a half-mile before coming to a stop.

No charges were filed.



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