By Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal
Police were investigating Thursday what led to a man being hit and killed by a train sometime before daylight.
Tupelo Police Capt. Chuck Bunn said a motorist found the body of James Kelly Jr., 18, about 6 a.m. Thursday near Colonial Estates Road, just feet from the railroad tracks.
Bunn said it is unclear when Kelly, from Mooreville, was hit but said detectives are checking the train schedule to see when the trains ran Wednesday night and Thursday morning.
Lee County Coroner Carolyn Gillentine-Green said the body was sent off for an autopsy and toxicology test.
Thursday’s accident is the third time a pedestrian has been struck by a train in Tupelo since 2009, but it’s the first fatality in several years, according to police.
In December 2010, Herman Martin was struck by a train while trying to cross the tracks on Park Street. It caused serious injuries to his leg. In 2009, a man walked into the train as it went through the intersection of Main and Gloster streets and he had minor injuries.
The railroad crossings on Colonial Estates Road and Park Street and at the Crosstown intersection do not have cross bars.
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