Man struck by train in Hattiesburg

Man struck by train in Hattiesburg
courtesy: WDAM
courtesy: WDAM
courtesy: WDAM

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A pedestrian was struck by a train in Hattiesburg early Thursday morning, according to police.

Hattiesburg Police Department responded to a call at about 7 a.m. at the corner of James Street in Milton Barnes Avenue that a male pedestrian had been struck by a train.

According to the Hattiesburg Police Department, the pedestrian was on his way to work, and crossed the railroad tracks while the train was still moving.

"We encourage our citizens that when I train is on the track we have to be patient," Lt. Latosha Myers-Mitchell said.  "A lot of times we are late for work or for appointments, and we feel that we need to get there in a hurry but safety is first."

The man sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital, and is now stable.

"Never try to cross the train tracks when a train is on the track," Myers-Mitchell said. "Never try to pass a train, or beat the train to the railroad crossing when the guards are down, and even before when the guards are down. If you hear the noise and see the train please do not cross it, they are dangerous, be safe."