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Man found dead on uptown railroad tracks. Police believe train hit him.

Railroad tracks at W. 9th Street and N. Smith Street, where police found 57-year-old Victor Williams early Saturday.
Railroad tracks at W. 9th Street and N. Smith Street, where police found 57-year-old Victor Williams early Saturday. WBTV

Police believe a 57-year-old man who was found dead on railroad tracks near uptown early Saturday was struck by a train.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said they found the victim, Victor Williams, shortly after midnight Saturday on the tracks at W. 9th Street and N. Smith Street. Williams was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:24 a.m., police said.

A preliminary investigation indicates Williams was hit by a Norfolk Southern cargo train, police said, although it isn’t clear if Williams was sitting, standing, or trying to cross the tracks.

Police said they were called to the tracks by a Norfolk Southern conductor who said they saw a body on the tracks. Williams was wearing dark clothing, and police said it’s unknown if he had alcohol or drugs before being hit.

Police are also not sure what time the collision occurred.

Susan Terpay, a spokeswoman for Norfolk Southern, said the company is trying to determine when the train may have hit Williams.

LaVendrick Smith; 704-358-5101; @LaVendrickS

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