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Published: Friday, 5/8/2009

Montpelier man dies when he s hit by train

BRYAN A Montpelier, Ohio, man was killed yesterday when he stepped onto the Norfolk & Southern tracks three miles west of here and was struck by a train, the Ohio Highway Patrol said.

Leslie W. Wheeler, 34, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Williams County Coroner s Office. The incident occurred at 12:15 p.m.

The tracks were closed for about three hours, according to troopers from the Defiance post. The eastbound train consisted of 96 cars, and the lead engine sustained light damage.

The Lucas County Coroner s Office has scheduled an autopsy for today.

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