Starke Man Hit, Killed By Train
A man was killed when he was hit by a train early Sunday morning in Starke.
The Starke Police Department responded to a report at the CSX Railroad crossing located at SR 16 around 2:40 a.m. on Sunday.
When they arrived, they met with the train conductor, who told them that the train struck a subject that appeared to be sitting on the track. The conductor directed the officers to a location along the 400 block of North Thompson Street where the officers saw the victim face down along the east rail bed. The subject was pronounced dead at the scene.
He was identified as 39 year-old Stephen Lane Thornton of Starke.
According to authorities, the subject was sitting on the eastern most rail with his feet in between the rails. The emergency braking system was used, but it was unable to stop before striking the subject. According to the investigation, the train was going 40 mph when the brakes were applied.
Chief Jeff Johnson reminds the public that railroad tracks and the rail bed are federal property that are not to be traversed by vehicles or pedestrians. “With the rails and rocks, the footing is dangerous and can prevent a safe escape from a moving train,” Johnson said.
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