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Train victim officially identified

By Kelly Corbett
Published in News on November 22, 2011 1:46 PM

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive Police Department received confirmation on Monday of the identity of the victim struck and killed by a train on Friday afternoon.

The department received the report from the state Medical Examiner's Office at about 4 p.m.

"He's been identified as Marquis Lamont Ezzell," Chief of Police Brian Rhodes said, confirming reports that had circulated in the town since the accident happened.

Ezzell, 27, has family in Mount Olive. His address is listed at 111 Parker St. in Calypso.

A southbound CSX railroad engine struck Ezzell at about 1:30 p.m. along the 600 block of South Center Street. The southbound train was pulling 67 cars of grain.

"We're just going to notify the family and he will be turned over to them," Rhodes said. "Right now, he's at the morgue at Wayne Memorial Hospital."

In regard to the ear buds found on the scene, Rhodes said, "We're 90 percent sure they were his."

Police do not have any additional information regarding what happened at this time, he said.

The train engineer said he sounded his horn repeatedly when he saw Ezzell on the track but that he did not get out of the way.