Norman police Lt. Chris Amason said the man was deceased by the time first responders arrived. He said the call came in at 10:29 a.m.
“He had injuries inconsistent with life,” Amason said. “He has been identified, but we're not releasing his name until we try to reach next of kin.”
Amason said the man did not appear to be a college student. He would only describe the man as a “white male.”
The train conductor had been interviewed by 12:30 p.m., Amason said, but the investigation is ongoing.
Police are withholding further details pending the outcome of the investigation, he said.
The man's body, which was partly concealed by high grass, could be seen lying about 10 yards west of the railroad tracks on the north side of Boyd. He appeared to be wearing a black shirt or jacket and white pants.
A young man on the east side of the railroad crossing appeared to be in the process of being interviewed by Norman investigators about 90 minutes after the emergency call came in.
Residents of a new apartment building, which is only about 50 or so yards from the Boyd Street railroad crossing, could be seen watching the scene from their balconies.
A search of the Norman Transcript's online archives shows the man who died Saturday is at least the sixth person to be killed by a train in Norman since 2009.
Another man was critically injured by a train Aug. 9 near the Symmes Avenue railroad crossing.
Amason acknowledged that Norman has an issue with people getting killed by the dozens of trains that pass through the city every day.
“We encourage our residents to stay away from the train tracks,” he said. “It is illegal to walk on the train track or to even be near it.
“And that's why these things happen … because people won't stay away from them.”