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SALE CREEK, HAMILTON COUNTY, TN. (WRCB) -- The sound of trains roaring down the tracks is nothing new to Pete Creaseman.

He's lived near the tracks his entire life and says the noise doesn't bother him.

What has caused a stir in his community, is the news of two people being found dead next to the tracks early Monday morning.

Police received the call after 6 A.M. and arrived to find the two bodies not far from farm land. The victims are identified as 27-year-old Michael Hennen and 19-year-old Hannah Barnes. Hennen was the son of Hennen's restaurant founder Tim Hennen.

Norfolk Southern spokeswoman Susan Terpay said the two were standing on the tracks when they were struck. She said the engineer sounded a horn and a bell as he approached but he was unable to stop the train in time.

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Janice Atkinson said the investigation is ongoing.

"There is no vehicle involved," Atkinson told Channel 3, "that's about all the information I can release."

Creaseman said, "Now that is weird, because they have no business being on the tracks that early in the morning."

The owner of the property tells us off camera he knew the couple, but said no more.

Creaseman said he's seen people walk the tracks before but never anyone he knew.

Atkinson says more information will be released pending the outcome of the on-going investigation.

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