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Berks County halfway house inmate killed by freight train

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 5, 2015 8:08 AM
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(Wernersville) -- Police and the Berks County coroner are trying to determine whether the death of a halfway house inmate hit by a freight train was an accident or suicide. 

The coroner says 31-year-old Peter Lee Jr. died of head injuries after he was hit by the train about 2:45 p.m. Thursday in South Heidelberg Township.

Lee was an inmate at the Wernersville Community Corrections Center. 

Township and state police haven't said why Lee was outside the center at the time, though inmates at such facilities are often free on work-release during the day. 

The manner of Lee's death is under investigation.

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