Deadly train accident under investigation in Limestone County

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ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – A homeless man apparently jumped to his death last night from a moving freight train. It happened as the train was making its way across Limestone County. Peter Weller’s body was found on the tracks nears Mooresville. He was just 29.

Sheriff’s investigators say Weller boarded the train in Decatur Thursday night with two other people. A short time later, one of them made a frantic call to 911 saying Weller had jumped. But it was a couple of hours before he was found.

“Shortly before midnight another north bound train engineer who had been contacted to drive slowly, to travel slowly, had observed the body just south of the Mooresville crossing,” according to Capt. Stanley McNatt of the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office.

McNatt says their investigation revealed Weller dealt with mental issues and had been homeless for more than a decade.

“For the last 10 or 11 years, he had just been riding trains. And that is how he would get around, is hopping trains,” McNatt said.

When the train got to Ardmore it was stopped and authorities questioned the two people who were riding with Weller. McNatt says they told them right before he jumped, Weller asked them to call his mother and tell her what had happened to him.

McNatt says no foul play is suspected at this time and that Weller’s death will likely be listed as a suicide.

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