BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - A Bay St. Louis man known to dance around town wearing headphones is recovering from injuries after he was hit by a train Monday afternoon. Interim Police Chief Wes Mayley told WLOX News Now the man's injuries are not life threatening.
Mayley said the man was walking north on 2nd St. and apparently never heard the horn of the approaching train on the CSX tracks.
"He was almost across the tracks when the front of the train hit his shoulder area, throwing him off the tracks," Mayley said.
Witnesses stopped at the crossing for the train told police they also blew their horns to warn the man. One witness said the man "appeared oblivious to it." Aaron Whitney's office is across the tracks from where the accident occurred.
"I heard the train blow the horn like normal, then a loud screeching sound," Whitney said.
He went outside to see the commotion and emergency responders were working to get the injured man onto a stretcher.
Mayley did not release the name of the man injured but said he's well known in the area for wandering the streets listening to music and dancing. Mayley said the man was lucky he was thrown away from the train.
"It could have been a much different story," Mayley said.