Man killed by train in Corinth

town_corinth_greenBy Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – A Corinth man who was fatally hit by a train in Corinth on Monday evening has been identified as 38-year-old James Michael Becht of 3614 Mathis Road.

The engineer of the Norfolk Southern freight train that hit the man made the call to Alcorn County 911 about 6:30 p.m. Monday, said Capt. Ralph Dance of the Corinth Police Department.

The engineer said Becht was lying across the railroad and the train did not have time to stop, Dance said. The accident happened at John and Proper streets, where the railroad runs parallel to Proper.

When Officer Erin Hill arrived at the scene, he found the body lying under the train about 14 cars back from the engine, Dance said. Capt. Chuck Hines was called to the scene to conduct an accident reconstruction.

Investigators from Norfolk Southern also were on the scene until about 9 p.m., Dance said.

No foul play is suspected, Dance said.

Witnesses told police that Becht had left a house that he was visiting on Wick Street on foot, and said he had been somewhat depressed lately.

Family members also said Becht had a medical history of seizures, and had also attempted suicide several years ago.

No autopsy will be performed, but Dance said the coroner will send blood for a toxicology test.

The case remains under investigation by the Corinth Police Department and Norfolk Southern.

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