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Man on motorized bike dies after fall from bridge onto railroad

June 29th, 2013 6:49 pm by Staff Report

Man on motorized bike dies after fall from bridge onto railroad

ELIZABETHTON — The Elizabethton Police Department was investigating an incident Saturday in which a man was apparently thrown from his motorized bicycle to his death on the railroad bed below Tenn. Highway 67.

According to a release from the EPD, Officer Joe Holsclaw saw the motorized Huffy 48 cc bicycle leaning on the guardrail of the Tenn. 67 bridge near West G Street. Holsclaw looked over the edge of the bridge and spotted the man, whose name was being withheld pending notification of next of kin, lying face down on the railroad bed.

The officer went down to where the man was lying and tried to get a response by yelling at him. He then checked for a pulse and found the man’s skin was hot and dry with no pulse, the release said. Emergency medical personnel arrived and pronounced the man dead.

The EPD’s Specialized Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team took over the investigation. Their investigation revealed the man was traveling east when he apparently lost control of the bike and struck the guardrail. The release said there were no indications drugs or alcohol were involved and the victim was not wearing a helmet.

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