SANFORD: Man hit by train in downtown

Aug. 24, 2013 @ 08:28 PM

A man was reportedly struck by a train Saturday night in downtown Sanford.

After reportedly being tended by passersby and then emergency responders, he was put into an ambulance and taken to a waiting helicopter. It's unclear what happened after that, as well as why he was hit.

Police at the scene said they couldn't confirm any details, such as his name or condition, and the sergeant whom they said could speak on the record about the incident didn't immediately return a message left for him.

However, multiple people in the area said the man — who was black and of a stocky build — was given CPR after being hit by the slow-moving engine, which was reportedly sounding its horn as it moved through the area.

"He was walking across and just didn't seem to hear it," said a man who would only give his first name, Mike. "Although it didn't look like he had head phones."

There was a concert going on at the time, although it's unlikely the music drowned out the noise of the train or its rumble on the ground. The engine bore the markings GSX 5122. It didn't have any other cars attached.