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'This was just an accident'

Scott Seitz2 • Jul 8, 2013 at 12:20 PM

A Greenwich man was found dead Saturday morning, the apparent victim of a train accident.

According to Greenwich police chief Steve Dorsey, a CSX train engineer discovered the body across the tracks about 8 a.m.

The victim is Zachary Magill, 24, of 95 Kniffin St.

Dorsey said Magill was last seen walking home from a local bar about 3:15 a.m.

His body was found behind the Versitech building on the north end of the village, where the railroad tracks divide, next to a power utility site, near Pierce and Kniffin streets, not far from Magill’s residence, the chief said.

Huron County Coroner Dr. Jeffrey Harwood has sent the body for an autopsy and toxicology tests.

Dorsey said more information will be released when it becomes available.

Clay Magill, Zachary’s older brother, said Sunday the family is trying to hold it together.

“I guess you could say, for the circumstances, we’re getting by and being as strong as we can,” Clay said.

The family is upset,” he added. “This is very hard.”

Clay said Zachary didn’t walk by those railroad tracks on his way home too often.

“This was just an accident,” he said. “Just an accident."

Zach was everybody’s friend,” Clay added. “I don’t know of a single person who didn’t like him.

“He was an avid outdoorsman,” he said. “He loved riding his four-wheeler and also deer hunting. We worked on the family farm together. He loved farming, that’s all he wanted to do.”

Zach Magill was a 2007 graduate of South Central High School.

He also was the drummer for the County Line Band and loved his family, friends, his dog Holly and anything outdoors, especially four-wheeling and deer hunting.

“He will absolutely be missed by everyone,” Clay said.

Zach Magill was born November 22, 1988 in Norwalk and was a lifelong resident of Greenwich.

In addition to his brother, he is survived by his mother and step-father, Jamie (Larry) Fletcher of Milan; his father, Kelly Magill (Deb Montgomery) of Greenwich; maternal grandparents, Gerald and Connie Oney of Greenwich; paternal grandparents, Chuck Magill of Shiloh and Pat McKenzie of Greenwich; many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Calling hours will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Ripley Church, 4130 South Edwards Road, Greenwich and from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church with Pastor Bob Hudberg of the Foundation Church officiating.  Burial will follow in Greenwich Greenlawn Cemetery.

Eastman Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Reflector correspondent Heather Chapin-Fowler contributed to this story.

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