Hancock County

Update: Pedestrian ‘never looked up’ as train hit him

Firefighters and parmedics help a man who was struck by a train while wearing a headset in Bay St. Louis on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016.
Firefighters and parmedics help a man who was struck by a train while wearing a headset in Bay St. Louis on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016.

A pedestrian was wearing headphones and “never looked up” when he crossed railroad tracks and was struck by a train, officials said.

The pedestrian, identified as a 28-year-old man, was taken to Hancock Medical Center but his injuries didn’t appear life-threatening, Interim Police Chief Wes Mayley said.

It happened shortly after 2 p.m. at the tracks on Second Street near Easterbrook Street.

The man was found on the north side of the tracks, Mayley said.

For people who witnessed the crash or the aftermath, the scene was unsettling.

Aaron Whitney said he heard the screeching and squealing of the train’s brakes from his home a block away on Second Street.

“I started walking over there and then the firetrucks arrived,” Whitney said.

“The man was all curled up, balled up off to the side,” he said.

Whitney said he spoke to a motorist who had been waiting for the train to pass.

“He said he saw the guy walk up to the tracks and keep going,” Whitney said.

The pedestrian was thrown about 45 feet, Fire Chief Monty Strong told the Sea Coast Echo.

The train’s conductor blew its horn, Strong said, and warning lights at the intersection were flashing but the pedestrian “never looked up.”

The pedestrian had a cut to his head and several other injuries, he said.

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