Victim in train accident identified

- Published: 13 August 2015
Victim in train accident identified

A man who was killed Tuesday when he was struck by a train near Nowata has been identified.

According to an updated report from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the man killed in Tuesday’s incident was 23-year-old Adam L. Lytle of Nowata.

Lytle was pronounced dead at the scene of Tuesday’s accident from “massive head, trunk internal, trunk external, arm and leg injuries.”

According to the OHP, the accident occurred around 7:07 p.m. Tuesday, about one mile north and a fifth of a mile west of Nowata at the US Highway 169 railroad tracks in Nowata County.

At that time, the OHP said a “Union Pacific train was northbound on the railroad tracks when it struck a pedestrian walking on the tracks.”

According to the report, the pedestrian, Lytle, was “thrown approximately 75 feet” after impact and came to rest on railroad right-of-way near the west side of the tracks.

On Wednesday morning, the man’s identity was not yet unknown, but OHP Lt. John Vincent assured the Examiner-Enterprise that troopers would “try every avenue available” to find this man’s identity and notify his next of kin, a promise that was made good Wednesday afternoon.

James Summers, 38, of Coffeyville, Kan., was the engineer of the train while Jason Castle, 36, also of Coffeyville, was listed as the conductor. Neither were injured in the incident.

Lytle was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Tulsa following the accident.

Nowata Sheriff’s Department, Nowata Police Department, Nowata Fire Department, Nowata Ambulance and Oklahoma Highway Patrol all responded to the scene. LifeFlight was called and later canceled by officials at the scene.

E-E photojournalist Becky Burch contributed to this report.

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