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Police Identify Man Struck, Killed By Train Near Downtown Nashville

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Police Identify Man Struck, Killed By Train Near Downtown Nashville

CREATED Mar 12, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The man struck and killed by a train Tuesday night on the west side of downtown Nashville has been identified by police.

Officials with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department said 53-year-old Robert Turner was struck around 8:45 p.m. near 10th Avenue North and Charlotte Avenue, a few blocks west of the Tennessee State Capitol Building.

Turner suffered severe injuries to his lower legs. He was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he died.

Police said Turner, who was homeless, was lying on the tracks when the conductor attempted to stop the train. It was unknown why he was on the tracks.

Trains on the tracks in that part of town generally drive very slow, according to officials. They estimated the train was moving about 5 miles an hour or less. 

The train engineer told police he saw something in the tracks, but could not make out what it was. Police said the driver thought it could have been brush, which is apparently common
in the area.

When he realized it was a person he slammed on the brakes. Even at 5 miles an hour it took the train about a hundred feet or so to stop.

The track was operated by CSX Corporation. They shut down the line while crews investigated.