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Man Killed After Being Hit By Train, Falling Into River

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Posted at 9:57 PM, Aug 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 16:51:52-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A man has died after being hit by a train and falling into the Cumberland River.

Authorities said the incident happened around 12:02 p.m. Sunday when a 60-year-old homeless man was walking with a friend on the railroad bridge behind the Hill Detention Center downtown.

Officials said the victim's friend was able to run and jump off the tracks to avoid a CSX train, but the victim was struck by the train causing him to fall into the river.

According to the friend, the victim also hit his head on the bridge when he fell.

He was rescued from the water by crews from the Nashville Fire Department. Authorities said the victim was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased.

An investigation was ongoing by CSX and detectives on scene.

The victim's identity has not been released. No further details were available.