Two men killed by train in Blount County identified

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Forensic scientists have tentaviley identified the two men hit and killed by a train in Blount County.

According to Marian O'Briant, spokeswoman for the Blount County Sheriff's Office, the two men have been identified as Jessie Hines Jenkins, 18, of Friendsville and Kevin Ray Stinnett, 17 of Maryville.

The two males have been identified using wallets found at the scene and tattoo markings on the victims.

Autopsies were performed today at the U.T. Forensics Center. The victims identifications will be confirmed upon pending results.

The investigation into the train accident which occurred at around 1:40 a.m. Saturday on the railroad tracks near Clover Hill and Binfield roads is ongoing.

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The Blount County Sheriff's Office is investigating after two pedestrians were struck and killed by a CSX train early Saturday morning.

It happened just after 1:30 a.m. in the Binfield area of Blount County off Clover Hill Road, according to Marian O'Briant, spokeswoman for the sheriff's office.

The two victims were men, and O'Briant said it is unclear why the two were on the tracks.

The train was traveling from Cincinnati to Hamlet, N.C., according to Bob Sullivan, spokesman for CSX.

Sullivan said the train had two locomotives and 68 freight cars, but could not elaborate on what the cars were carrying.

Investigators were spending Saturday searching for the point of impact, saying the scene was more than a mile long.

There's no word yet on the identities of the two men killed.

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