Medical Examiner identifies man killed by train on Christmas Day

Medical Examiner identifies man killed by train on Christmas Day

UPDATE: The man who died has been identified as 31-year-old Ryan E. Poyner.

According to the Medical Examiner, Poyner died at Sacred Heart from injuries to his head, chest, abdominal, and extremities. His death has been ruled an accident.

Original Information:

A man was fatally injured Tuesday night after being struck by a Union Pacific train near W. 3rd Ave. and W. Sunset Blvd.

Spokane Police and Fire crews were notified by a Union Pacific train crew that they may have struck a person on the railroad tracks. Authorities did locate a man, who was transported to the hospital in critical condition. However, he later died of his injuries.

Spokane Major Crime Unit Detectives are on scene, along with officials from Union Pacific and BNSF. While the train was operated by Union Pacific, the incident happened on BNSF tracks.

It is not believed the person struck was a railroad employee or someone authorized to be on the tracks. Investigators are working to determine the condition of the train and its speed before it struck the man.

The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office will release the identity at a later date.

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