Coroner identifies pedestrian struck, killed by train in Athens

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a train in Athens

LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson confirmed that a pedestrian was struck and killed by a train on U.S. 72 near the Jefferson St. intersection. Police received the call about 7:23 p.m. Wednesday.

According to Chief Johnson, emergency crews arrived at the scene to find a male in his fifties on the west side of the railroad track.  The man had passed away by the time emergency personnel could reach him.

Limestone County Coroner Mike West identified the man as 53-year-old Kevin England of Antioch, Tennessee.

West believes that England and his girlfriend were on the tracks eating chicken when they noticed the train.

“They decided to go to Kentucky Fried Chicken and go to a liquor store,” West said. “Then for whatever reason, they went on the tracks to eat and drink.

England’s girlfriend told investigators they heard the train and saw the light but thought the train was further away than it was.  She said she was able to get out of the way but the victim was not able to before the train approached.

According to our newspartners at AL.com, Chief Johnson said that England, his girlfriend and another person were pulled over by police several hours earlier and found to be driving without a license. The vehicle was impounded.

“It happened earlier in the day,” Johnson said. “We just wrote a citation for no driver’s license and gave them a way to call somebody for a ride.”

Police didn’t release who was driving the vehicle when it was pulled over or who the car belonged to.

“It’s all still being investigated,” Johnson said. “It’s a tragic accident.”

England’s home, Antioch, is located in Davidson County, Tennessee about 130 miles northeast of Athens.

Chief Johnson said it’s not yet clear why England and the others were in the city.