Person Lying on the Tracks Killed by Train in Florida

A man has died after being hit by a train while lying on tracks in Florida.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said in a statement to Newsweek it had received a call from a CSX train operator at around 10:14 p.m. on Monday, September 6, to report of a train hitting a pedestrian.

Deputies, along with Palm Beach County Fire Rescue and Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue, arrived at the scene and found the train stopped around half a mile northwest of the intersection of Indiantown Road and Beeline Highway.

A search was then conducted for any potential victims or survivors.

The body of one person was eventually found. The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office determined that the train had struck the individual as they were lying on the tracks approximately a quarter of mile from the intersection of Beeline Highway and North Grade Road.

The victim, who has not been identified yet, was pronounced dead by the medical examiner's office at the scene. The deceased appeared to be an adult, although this is still to be verified.

Several bags of Palmetto berries were found in the area around the victim's body as well, deputies said in a statement.

No other individuals were found in the area of the tracks or surrounding area.

In a statement to WPBF, CSX said: "At approximately 10:11 pm yesterday evening, an individual was fatally injured after coming into contact with a CSX train on the tracks near the intersection of the Beeline highway and West Indiantown Road in Palm Beach County, Florida.

"We appreciate the swift response of the Palm Beach county Fire Department and Sheriff's Office. This incident is under investigation."

The incident occurred just days after the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office confirmed another person was killed in a train crash in Canal Point.

Danilo Vargas, 37, of Greenacres, was killed while driving his dump truck on U.S. 441 which runs along Lake Okeechobee, reported The Palm Beach Post.

Deputies said that around 2:16 p.m., Vargas turned onto Morning Star Drive to cross the railroad tracks.

He was then hit by a southbound Georgia Pacific train, sending the 37-year-old flying out of his vehicle.

The driver of the locomotive did not suffer any injuries as a result of the crash, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said.

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A pair of CSX Transportation-owned C40-8 General Electric locomotives sit idle on a siding January 6, 2014 in Worthville, Kentucky. The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office is investigating a deadly train crash in which one person was killed. Luke Sharrett/Getty Images