BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - A pedestrian was killed after being hit by a train in Biloxi, according to police.
Officials say the victim was walking along the tracks when she was struck by a westbound train between Veterans Avenue and Rodenburg Avenue around 9:45 a.m. The victim reportedly failed to move out of the way; despite the conductor sounding the horn and placing the train into emergency braking.
"We know she was walking down the edge of railroad tracks on wooden planks. The train was a westbound train, she was walking westbound her back to the train they were honking at her but for whatever reason, she didn't move," said Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove.
While some accidents are attributed to people not paying attention, Hargrove says there's another reason for the fatal accidents.
"We have some people who are using the trains to take their own lives," he said.
A freight train traveling at 55 mph with between 90 and 120 rail cars will take about a mile to come to a complete halt. The train involved in Sunday's accident was traveling 40 mph.
"The engineers and conductors on the train, they cant stop. These trains can't stop on the dime, it takes them a while to stop once they go on emergency mode," added Hargrove.
Irish Hill Drive is blocked off from Veterans Avenue to Rodenburg Avenue as the train remains stalled on the track.
The train is owned by CSX Transportation. Representatives of the company were present at the scene following the incident. The investigation is ongoing.