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Pedestrian killed by train on Christmas night, Pascagoula police say

He was lucky to only lose his legs to a train

Mark Kalina Jr. survived being hit by a train, but lost his legs in the incident. He talks about his experience and why he is involved with Operation Lifesaver's safety campaign.
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Mark Kalina Jr. survived being hit by a train, but lost his legs in the incident. He talks about his experience and why he is involved with Operation Lifesaver's safety campaign.

Police are investigating the death of a man who died after being hit by a train on Christmas night.

Initial investigation indicates a 56-year-old man was on railroad tracks when he was struck by a westbound train just east of Chicot Road, police Capt. Doug Adams said.

It happened about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Adams said.

Why the man was on the tracks is unclear.

Adams said medical personnel pronounced him dead.

The man’s name is being withheld pending notification of family.

At least two other pedestrians have been killed on railroad tracks in Pascagoula, since March 2017.

According to police reports:

  • A homeless man was sitting on railroad tracks when he was struck by a train just east of Hospital Road in September 2017.

  • A woman was walking on railroad tracks at 14th Street and ignored warnings when she was struck by a train in March 2017.

Jim DeLaCruz and his wife describe what happened when a train hit their charter bus. The bus, from Austin, Texas, was driving from one casino to another in Biloxi, Miss., when it got stuck on a train crossing with a steep grade. About five minutes



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Robin Fitzgerald covers real-time news, such as crime, public safety and trending stories. In nearly 40 years as a journalist, her highest honors include investigative awards for covering the aftermath of the fatal beating of a Harrison County jail inmate in 2006 and related civil rights violations. She is a Troy University graduate.


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