WINFIELD, W.Va. — Putnam County investigators say there are some questions surrounding the death of a popular local athlete which may never be answered. Tyler Kincaid, 20, of Winfield, was killed when he was struck by a train near Scott Depot around 3 a.m. Sunday.


Tyler Kincaid

“The dash-cam shows the train’s whistle alerting the victim and the brakes screeching before the collision,” said Putnam County Sheriff Steve Deweese. “Although the whistle was sounded, the victim did not appear to acknowledge the alert.”

The deputy’s report did not indicate if Kincaid was walking toward the train or with his back to the oncoming engine. He was walking in the middle of the railroad. Typically, failure to acknowledge the train would indicate he was otherwise distracted and couldn’t hear, but Deweese said even that is a mystery.

“If the victim was wearing headsets or something it was not found at the scene,” Deweese said.

Deweese said nobody indicated to police why he would have been walking on the railroad at that hour of the morning. Kincaid lived in Scott Depot not far from where he was killed. It’s also unclear if he may have been impaired at the time of the incident. The sheriff said they’ll await toxicology tests to make a determination if alcohol or drugs could have been factors in the death.

“In law enforcement we make sound conclusions based on how and what happened,” said Deweese. “A lot of times in law enforcement we don’t get the ‘how’ and ‘what’.”

Kincaid was a standout athlete at Winfield High School because his graduation. He was on the roster for the West Virginia State University baseball team this past spring.


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  • Joe

    From the comments I can see I better not say there is a reason why this happened; After the praying, an answer still needs to be found. The family or a close friend surely knows; and that should be good enough. Since there is no criminal evidence (meaning someone pushed him) the case will be closed. It's sad anyone dies young.

  • S.p- Johnson

    I went to school with Tyler and was an amazing person!! Always had a smile on his face. I remember we had p.e. together and I fail down while everyone else was laughing he was the only one that helped me up and asked if I was ok.. it really meant a lot 2 me and I hate so much that such a great young man is gone he will forever be missed and NEVER forgotten my thoughts and prayers go out 2 him and his family words can't describe how sorry I am for your loss

  • NorthernWVman

    Lets quick playing arm chair quarterbacks here. None of us know why so lets not assume what has happened. It is already sad enough for all involved from the family to the train conducter and the emergency personnel on the scene. we do not need at salt to the injury by assuming what has happened. Just pray for the ones involved to find some peace through this tragedy.


    It is a fact that nothing good occurs at 3AM. Unless you are working at home or your job, fishing, etc, it usually indicates something negative is going on. Condolences to the family and his friends. If and I say IF, drugs or alcohol were involved, it is just a reminder of how many great young and adult men and women we are losing every day in this state due to drugs and alcohol. If this wasn't the contributing cause, then something else was certainly amiss for him to be walking on tracks at 3AM.

  • BigDave

    There was a story not long ago about a runner who crossed the tracks right in front of a train and lost both her legs. No explanation at all for why she did it.

    Sometimes people just zone out.

  • Tony

    Sounds to me like a drunk man lost his life. Getting drunk or even buzzed is an idiotic thing to do. It's for weaklings.

    • rose

      Being unkind is even more idiotic and for weaklings.

      • Rich

        No matter how or why, it's a tragedy for the young man's family an the railroad crew involved. All are traumatized.

  • GregG

    I feel sorry for the poor railroad engineer that now has to live with this the rest of their life.

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  • Larry

    Sadly, the only answer that makes any sense when someone is run over by a train, while they are walking in the middle of the railroad is suicide.

    • Mark

      Not suicide. This was a social young man at 3 am. What do you think was involved? He was the unlucky one that reminds many of the rest of us how lucky we were to live through some bad decisions at that age.

      • Jacob

        you would have to be way beyond intoxicated to not hear, feel, or see a train coming. trains don't just creep up on people, you can hear them coming for a while.

  • WVWho

    I didn't realize "because his graduation" made him a standout athlete. Sad nonetheless