Police say teen never saw the train that killed him

8:50 PM, Dec 10, 2013   |    comments
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FAIRBURN, Ga. -- Fairburn police say a 19-year-old crossing the train tracks near Broad Street was wearing a hooded sweatshirt, listening to music and likely never saw the train that hit him.

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Police do not believe it was a suicide.  They think he was simply engrossed in whatever he was listening too and didn't think to look before stepping on the tracks.

The teen has not yet been identified.  Police do not know if he lives in Fairburn or was visiting.  His ID listed another address in south Fulton county.

Margaret Couch was out on her porch at the time of the accident.  She says the engineer sounded the horn several times as it came into town.

Couch says despite warning signs posted along the track, people cross all the time to get to the grocery store and bus stop on the other side.

"It may take five minutes longer to cross underneath the tracks at the bridge over there. We do advise people to stay away from the train tracks for safety reasons," said Sgt. Anthony Bazydlo with the Fairburn Police Department.

CSX will conduct its own investigation, and check to see if the engine had any video or audio recorder. But right now there is no indication the train engineer was speeding or did anything wrong.

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