Live Oak — Update: 8:50 a.m. Friday.
According to Live Oak Police Det. Justin Bates, a Hispanic male, believed to be 52, was struck and killed by a train around 6 p.m. Thursday night, approximately 75 yards west of the Walker Avenue CSX crossing.
"The person driving the train actually didn't see him, they just saw an object. They weren't sure what they hit, they just saw an object," said Bates.
They first thought it was a dog.
It's their protocol to stop the train anytime they hit something.
There were no eyewitnesses.
Based on the evidence, it appears the man was sitting on the railroad ties and suffered a direct impact. Evidence also supports he was intoxicated.
Next of kin has not been notified yet, and Bates said that could be a lengthy process. They are working with the Mexican Consulate to find next of kin.
Published Thursday night:
Live Oak Police Department and Live Oak Fire Department are on scene at the CSX Railroad near Jay's Restaurant in Live Oak. LOPD Det. Justin Bates told the Democrat an unidentified Hispanic male was struck and killed by a train in that area at around 6 p.m. The train is stopped for an undetermined amount of time.
Traffic cannot cross the track from the crossing at Lime Avenue to Mussey Avenue. Traffic is being detoured at the US 129 crossing by LOPD.
No further information at this time.