Victim of train accident was reportedly lying on tracks

A spokeswoman for Union Pacific Railroad said Tuesday that a Pine Bluff man was apparently lying on the railroad tracks when he was hit by a train early Monday morning.

Raquel Espinoza said an investigation is continuing into the death of Terence Victor Freeman, 45, who was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:37 a.m. Monday by Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Eric Belcher. The body was sent to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory for an autopsy.

The accident was reported on tracks adjacent to U.S. 65 south, south of the Noble Lake area.

Espinoza said she did not have information on where the train originated or where it was going at the time of the accident, which was investigated by Union Pacific Police.

She said the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office would be involved in a joint investigation with railroad police but sheriff’s department Operations Commander Major Lafayette Woods Jr., said Tuesday afternoon his department had not been contacted about involvement. While deputies were at the scene of the accident Monday, they did not take part in the initial investigation.