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Remains of Nevada suicide victim on tracks for 17 days

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Updated: 7/20/2013 4:03 pm
RENO (AP) -- Union Pacific railroad officials are defending their handling of the cleanup of the remains of a Nevada suicide victim whose widow complained his skin and bones were still on the tracks more than two weeks after he was struck by a train.

Company officials extended sympathies to the family of 42-year-old Jerry Neal of Fernley and further explained in a statement late Friday their understanding of the chain of events that horrified family members.

The Reno Gazette-Journal first reported the incident on Thursday.

Company spokesman Aaron Hunt says they dispatched a contractor to the tracks near Fernley within days of when they were notified the routine cleanup by the coroner had failed to complete the job.

He acknowledged the final cleanup wasn't done until July 5 -- 17 days after Neal's death.
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