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Unicoi man killed by train

A Unicoi man died after being struck by a train last week in Johnson City.
According to a news release from the Johnson City Police Department, just before 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26, officers responded to the area of West State of Franklin Road and Mountain Home drive where a train versus pedestrian incident had occurred.
The department reported that Chad Perry, 37, 115 Cove View Road, Unicoi, was walking west on the railroad tracks just west of Jack Vest Drive, when the train, which was traveling in the same direction, struck him from behind.
The engineer reportedly told JCPD officers that when he saw Perry standing on the railroad tracks he immediately hit the train’s emergency brakes and sounded the horn. However, Perry did not move from the tracks and was struck by the train at the 26.8 mile marker. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Lt. Steve Sherfey said investigators currently believe that Perry did not move “because he had earphones in and did not hear the train.”
Sherfey also said it takes the average train one mile to stop and that the engineer was tested for drugs and alcohol, per railroad policy.
An autopsy was performed on Perry and the results are pending, Sherfey also said.