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Man hit, killed by train in Gwinnett

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.

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.

Comments

BurritoJones 1 year, 7 months ago

I don't mean to de-emphasize the tragedy in this story but: isn't Doraville in Dekalb county?

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dman 1 year, 7 months ago

Google earth says the address is in Gwinnett. who knows?

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Sandykin 1 year, 7 months ago

Not sure where the county line is, but I believe that address is just a bit south of Button Gwinnett. Could be unincorporated Gwinnett that uses the Doraville post office. That happens.

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testep 1 year, 7 months ago

There's a very small part of unincorporated Doraville that's actually in Gwinnett...That said, the police were mistaken at first. The scene was actually in unincorporated Norcross.

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dudley4141 1 year, 7 months ago

There is a small streach that is in Gwinnett.

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TOWG 1 year, 7 months ago

Anytime someone dies it is a tragedy and this is no exception.RIP poor person. My question is, how in the heck does a train sneak up and run over you? They are still required to run on tracks aren't they? If you are walking on their territory, i.e. train tracks, shouldn't you be keeping an eye out for them? This might be a Darwin event, or there could be alcohol/drugs involved, not that there is much of a difference. I have a hard time working up any compassion based on what I've read in the article.

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dudley4141 1 year, 7 months ago

Towg, if you read the article, it stated "The victim was wearing headphones" If you had them on and blasting music, could you hear a train horn? he could of had a dealth wish too.

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