A Gaston man was killed Wednesday afternoon when the dump truck he was driving was hit by a CSX train at the railroad crossing on Independence Avenue off Bush River Road.
Homer Bennett, 61, was pronounced dead at the scene, Lexington County coroner Margaret Fisher said in a news release.
First reports from the scene around 3:30 pm Wednesday indicated someone in the truck was thrown from the vehicle when the collision occurred, highway patrol spokesman David Jones said.
The accident occurred near the entrance to a large trucking facility at the end of Independence Avenue.
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The accident remains under investigation by the Lexington County coroner’s office and county sheriff’s department.
An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death, Fisher said.