Train blew horns, tried to stop before hitting man Friday

Published 5:44 pm Saturday, November 22, 2014

More details have emerged about the Selma man who was hit and killed by a train Friday morning.

However, the biggest question — why the man didn’t heed the train’s blowing horns — remains unanswered.

The victim has been identified as Anthony Cornelius Mitchell, 52, from Selma.

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Lt. Curtis Muhannad with the Selma Police Department said investigators are still trying to determine what happened.

Officers received a call about the accident, which occurred on the tracks near Marie Foster Street and J.L. Chestnut Jr. Boulevard at 9:45 a.m.

“The train was traveling eastbound through the city to the local train depot when the conductor saw the pedestrian walking on the tracks, westbound, toward the train,” Muhannad said.

According to authorities, the conductor blew his horns and tried to stop the train.

“The pedestrian failed to heed the horn warning,” Muhannad said. “Investigators have not determined the reason for the pedestrian not heeding to the warnings from the train and the incident is still under investigation.”

The victim was pulled from under the train by emergency personnel and received first-aid from Care Ambulance at the scene. He was transported to Vaughan Regional Medical Center, where he died from his injuries.