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Forest man killed by train

FOREST, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A train accident claimed the life of a Forest man. Seventy-one year old Juan Maribet died Thursday night after he walked in front of a train.

"The crew of the train told me that he never looked up, that he just kept walking," said Scott County Deputy Coroner Kenny Lang.

Lang says it is apparent 71 year old Juan Mirabet did not hear the train's horn nor did he see the flashing lights on the cross arms as he tried to walk directly across the tracks.

"We suspect he was either unable to hear or see that. I do believe he had some vision problems," said Lang.

The accident happened Thursday night just before 8 p.m. when Mirabet was walking down Oak Street in Forest. Lang says an autopsy is being performed.

Lang says they are unsure if drugs or alcohol played a part in the man's death, but adds that an autopsy and a toxicology screen will be performed to see if either were a factor.

Nine people died in railroad accidents last year in Mississippi according to the Federal Railroad Administration. Seventy-three people survived after being hit by a train.

Lang says whether you are on foot or in a car, it is critical you look in both directions before trying to cross the tracks.

"I think that too many people try to bypass the crossing arms," said Lang. "I think those rails are there for a reason. They were down, lights were flashing and I think according to some people on scene that he was trying to beat the train."

The Forest Police who were able to give us the picture of the victim are investigating the accident and Mirabet's death.

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