NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A man died after he was hit by the Music City Star and pushed into the Stones River in Donelson Tuesday morning.
Metro police spokeswoman Kris Mumford said it appears the man was walking with his back against the train and may have been wearing earbuds when he was hit around 7:30 a.m.
According to Mumford, the conductor saw the man and applied the train’s brakes and blew the horn.
The victim was knocked into the Stones River off Lebanon Pike. His body has since been recovered, and his backpack as well as headphone were found nearby.
His name has not been released but police say he is a 25-year-old local man who is believed to live in the Hermitage area.
Mumford said there were around 300 passengers on the train at the time. No one on-board was injured.
The Regional Transit Authority, which operates the Music City Star, released a statement, saying, “This morning, an incident occurred involving the Music City Star during regular morning commute service, headed to downtown Nashville near Stewart’s Ferry Pike. A pedestrian was struck and fatally injured. At this time, police are on the scene and RTA Operations staff is investigating. We will provide more information as it is made available. Our deepest sympathies go out to the deceased and their family.”