Staff Photo: Jason Braverman — An officer canvases the scene near where a man was struck by a train on Monday afternoon along Buford Highway in Norcross.
NORCROSS — A man walking down the tracks was hit and killed by a train near Norcross Monday afternoon.
Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith officers were called to the tracks along Buford Highway, near its intersection with Johnson Road, just prior to 3 p.m. Monday after a witness and a train conductor reported hitting an adult male.
The man — who has been identified only as either a light-skinned black male or Hispanic male — was “clearly deceased,” when police arrived on the scene, Smith said. The body, covered by a pink sheet of plastic, remained between two sets of tracks late Monday afternoon.
“The train was enough back that they saw him, tried to warn him through the horn and of course they tried to stop,” Smith said.
The victim was wearing headphones, thought it’s too early in the investigation to blame them for the incident.
“He was reported by a witness to be walking down the train tracks, and then kind of crossing back and forth of this double set of train tracks right here,” Smith said. “We don’t know right now whether or not he was suicidal, whether or not he intended to be hit by the train or if it was accidental.”
Smith was not sure how fast the train, run by Norfolk Southern, was moving at the time of impact. Norfolk Southern police are likely to lead the investigation, he said.
Attempts to contact a spokesperson for the railroad were unsuccessful late Monday.