Man hit and killed by train in Monument

POSTED: 06:36 AM MDT Aug 28, 2013    UPDATED: 08:25 AM MDT Aug 28, 2013 
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MONUMENT, Colo. -

El Paso County authorities are investigating after a man hit and killed by a train late Tuesday night. 

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office said authorities were called by the train conductor to the scene just after 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. The conductor told police he thought he hit someone.

When they arrived, they found a man dead near Park Trail Drive and Blizzard Valley Trail. The sheriff's office said the man's injuries were consistent with him being hit by a train.

Now, investigators are trying to figure out exactly why the man was on the tracks.

"We're trying to determine if this was a person trying to be on the railroad tracks in an act of suicide versus some other circumstances," El Paso County Lt. Jeff Kramer said. "We hope to reach those types of conclusions as the investigation continues."

The train company, Santa Fe Southern Railway, also has investigators on the scene.