GULFPORT – One person died this morning when his 2007 Dodge Charger SRT collided with a train near the U.S. 49 on 29th Avenue, police said.
Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove said Brian D. Little died of blunt force trauma in the incident.
According to a police report, Little and his passengers had been involved in an altercation at an area bar and were asked to leave. While riding in the area, Little became disoriented because he was not familiar with the area.
Little was later southbound on 29th Avenue and attempted to cross the railroad tracks. Little’s vehicle then became lodged on the tracks, immobilizing the vehicle.
Little’s passengers left the area in an attempt to find help while Little remained inside the vehicle. An eastbound CSX train later struck the passenger side of Little’s vehicle, pushing it to the area of 24th Avenue, where the vehicle later burst into flames.
The eastbound train dragged the vehicle four blocks before stopping.
The accident happened shortly after 3 a.m. Little's vehicle was southbound when the collision occurred.
Police said preliminary indications show that alcohol may have played a factor in the outcome of this crash. However, this crash investigation is ongoing.
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