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Duncan man killed after truck struck by train

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Emergency crews along Tucapau Road at Syphrit Road in Wellford where the crash happened. (Jan. 24, 2013/FOX Carolina) Emergency crews along Tucapau Road at Syphrit Road in Wellford where the crash happened. (Jan. 24, 2013/FOX Carolina)
Emergency crews along Tucapau Road at Syphrit Road in Wellford where the crash happened. (Jan. 24, 2013/FOX Carolina) Emergency crews along Tucapau Road at Syphrit Road in Wellford where the crash happened. (Jan. 24, 2013/FOX Carolina)
WELLFORD, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Spartanburg County Coroner told FOX Carolina that a driver died after his truck was hit by a train in the Wellford area Thursday morning.

The crash happened along the tracks running next to Tucapau Road near Syphrit Road. Crews at the scene said there is not a railroad crossing there.

Coroner Rusty Clevenger said the man was driving along Tucapau Road when it traveled up the bank of the railroad and was struck by the train.

Clevenger said the victim was 47-year-old Richard West Sr., of Duncan. He said West died at the scene but did not release further information about the crash.

SLIDESHOW: 2 killed in 2 Spartanburg Co. train collisions

Clevenger also share a few words with FOX Carolina about pedestrian and vehicle safety near railroad tracks as West was the second man killed in a train-related accident in Spartanburg County in a day. Wednesday night, a teenager died after he was struck by a train walking along some tracks in Greer.

"Please be careful around RR crossings and tracks don't be walking on the tracks, don't drive recklessly crossing, make sure and obey signals, do everything that is required because trains can't stop," Clevenger said. "They don't have anyway of stopping like a car does when they are coming down the tracks. I just want to raise awareness about that because we have had two within 12 hours and that is too many."

Wellford police, Spartanburg County deputies, fire and EMS also assisted at the crash scene. Police are investigating the accident.

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