Man Leaps To Death In Front Of Locomotive

By  //  June 7, 2012

Investigation Launched

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BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – An investigation has been launched by Melbourne Police following the death of a man struck by a train Wednesday evening.

Florida East Coast Railway reported to police that a man leaped in front of a moving southbound locomotive at about 9:25 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of U.S. Hwy. 1 and Prospect Avenue.

Upon arriving at the scene, rescue personnel and police discovered remains of an unidentified man who had been struck and killed by the train.

Police said the man may have leaped to his death to commit suicide, but will continue to investigate and attempt to learn’s the deceased’s identity.

Automobile traffic crossing the railroad tracks in Melbourne was blocked for hours as police and Brevard County Fire Rescue workers recovered the remains of the man.

The railroad operates 351 miles of mainline track between Jacksonville and Miami.

In 2010, three teenage girls were killed by a Florida East Cast Railway train as they attempted to cross a railroad tressel near downtown Melbourne.