Jacksonville, Fla. - A man and his dog died Sunday evening after a train struck them in Murray Hill, Jacksonville.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said the accident happened near the Roosevelt Boulevard and Edgewood Avenue intersection.
Police said the man was walking his dog along Edgewood Avenue at about 6 p.m.
CSX worker just showed up at train track intersection where man was hit and killed by train yesterday chasing his dog. pic.twitter.com/ppE0CMjQW9— Cole Heath (@ColeANjax) November 13, 2017
Within the last hour a CSX employee installed these signs where a man and his dog were hit and killed by a train Sunday. pic.twitter.com/mNFbIDeihv— Cole Heath (@ColeANjax) November 13, 2017
The dog got spooked by an oncoming Amtrak train and ran on the tracks toward it. The man tried to chase after the dog but both were struck and killed by the moving train.
According to the Amtrak, 281 passengers were aboard the train and there are no reported injuries. The train was traveling from Sanford to Lorton, Virginia.
#JSO tells us a man was chasing his dog that got spooked when this Amtrak train was coming. Sadly, the dog was running towards the train and both the man and dog were struck and killed. @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/fsluzeq1TA— Kaitlyn Chana (@KaitlynANjax) November 13, 2017
Roads were closed as a result of the accident, Jacksonville police said.
Part of Roosevelt Boulevard and the service road were shut down as well as South Edgewood and Plymouth streets.
A witness told Action News Jax that the victim may have been homeless.
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