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April 4, 2014

Lily man hit, killed by train

Walking on tracks near Water Plant on Robinson Creek Road



Gabbard said it was rare that Sandkulla would walk to Strunk’s work in the first place, but stranger still that he’d walk on the railroad tracks.

“If he walks, he walks along the main roads.  Besides, trains are loud; how could you not hear it coming?”

As emergency workers cleared the scene, Gabbard received numerous phone calls from family and friends, wanting answers that he just didn’t have.

“We’re all a mess here,” he said of the family’s emotional state.

Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputy Robbie Grimes is currently conducting the death investigation, trying to at least decipher what Sandkulla’s intentions were.

“Of course, we’ll examine all directions during the course of our investigation,” said Acciardo.

Lt. Chuck Johnson, Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter, Deputy Daniel Grigsby, Det. Josh Scott, Bailiff Brandon Broughton and court security officer Patrick Harris all assisted at the scene.

They were joined by members of the Laurel County Coroner’s Office, Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County, the Lily Volunteer Fire Department and the London Laurel Rescue Squad.


Editor Carrie Dillard contributed to this story.

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