UPDATE: Name released of man killed by train

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Lansing police have released the name of the man who was killed by a train on Tuesday.

Steve Michael Lawson, 64 of Lansing, was hit by a train Tuesday morning and died.

It happened at approximately 10:21 Tuesday on Michigan Avenue near Hill St.

When the police arrived they found an unresponsive man near the railroad tracks with multiple injuries.

Lawson was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The train blocked multiple roads, as big as Pennsylvania Ave. and Michigan, due to the accident.

Police alerted the public at that time that all lanes of Michigan Ave. were closed between Larch St. and Hosmer St. and to seek an alternate route.

The roads were able to reopen shortly after 2:30 on Tuesday afternoon.

CSX sent the following statement:
“Just after 10:00 a.m. ET, a CSX train struck a pedestrian on the tracks near Michigan Ave in Lansing, MI. There were no reported injuries to the train crew. Local authorities confirmed the pedestrian was fatally injured. CSX is cooperating with the Ingham County police, who are investigating the incident. CSX appreciates the swift response by local emergency personnel and extends its thoughts to those impacted by this tragic event.”

Lansing Police along with CSX Railroad continue to investigate the accident.

They believe Lawson "entered the pathway of the train prior to being struck."

Lansing Police PIO Robert Merritt told News 10 that Lawson was not at a crossing and stepped onto the track as the train approached.

Police talked with the conductors of the train who said they saw Lawson and gave "many signals" to alert him.

Lansing Police Department encourages anyone who witnessed this accident or has information to call the following: Lansing Police Department @ 517-483-4600, Detective Sergeant Chris Baldwin @ 517-483-6846 or Private Message Lansing Police Department Facebook.

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