63-year-old man killed in train accident outside of Leeds

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A 63-year-old man was killed in a train accident that took place in an area of Birmingham close to the city limits of Leeds.

The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office identified the man as Harold J. Higginbotham of Birmingham.

The accident took place Tuesday at around 8:01 a.m. at the 1900 block of Woodlands Industrial Drive in the city limits of Birmingham. The conductor saw Higginbotham walking in the direction of the train from an estimated half mile away.

The train began braking and the horn system was activated though this did not prompt a response from Higginbotham until he began to step away but stopped and was struck, killing him.

Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Yates said it is possible that Higginbotham had a medical condition that prevented him from being lucid but could not confirm this.

Higginbotham was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:35 a.m. as Leeds Police were called to investigate. Authorities do not believe that his death was intentional.

“It was an unfortunate accident,” Yates said.

Police continue to investigate the incident.



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