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Man dead after being hit by train in Poteau

Poteau police are investigating the death of a man that was hit by a train on Sunday, February 23.
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POTEAU, Okla. — Poteau police are investigating the death of a man that was hit by a train on Sunday, February 23. 

According to Poteau Assistant Chief of Police Greg Russell, at 5:01 p.m., police received a call of a pedestrian struck by a train on the railroad tracks at the Highway 112 overpass north of Poteau city limits. 

On arrival, officers found a 56-year-old white male, David Paul Schuster of Pocola, deceased on the rail bed. 

A preliminary investigation revealed that Schuster was seated on the rail and did not move upon the approach of a northbound Kansas City Southern (KCS) train. 

The incident is under further investigation by the Poteau Police Department, KCS Railroad Police, and the Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. 

Correction: A previous draft of this story stated Schuster was from Poteau, Oklahoma.