Tuesday, June 26, 2012
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CONYERS -- A family member of a man who was struck and killed by an eastbound CSX train last week has been found and notified of his relative's death.
According to the Georgia State Patrol, an uncle of Bryant Bennett Johnson, 54, was located in Meriwether County late last week. Investigators had asked for the public's help in locating a family member of Johnson after all efforts to find family members had been exhausted.
Bryant was hit by the train at about 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, in the area of Ellington Drive in Olde Town.
According to the GSP, Johnson was walking eastbound on the railroad tracks when he was hit from behind by the oncoming train.
"The engineer had blown the train's horn several times prior to striking the man," according to Gordy Wright, public information officer with the GSP.
Wright said the train's speed was estimated at 48 mph.
"Witnesses reported that the man never turned around before being hit," Wright said. "Blood was drawn to determine if the victim was under the influence."
The train had originated in Atlanta and was headed to Augusta, according to CSX. The train included two locomotives and 51 cars.