Death on the tracks



People who saw a man killed by a train Thursday yelled to warn him and heard the train blowing its horn, Biloxi Police Sgt. Michael Brumley said.

Authorities said Walter Sharkey, 46, of Biloxi was walking westward on railroad tracks close to Querens Avenue around 2:30 p.m. when a train approached him from behind.

Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove said there’s no indication of why Sharkey didn’t hear the train.

“Lab work after the autopsy could tell us something, but right now I have no idea,” Hargrove said.

The train came to a stop at the edge of Porter Avenue.

Brumley said police received multiple 911 calls.

They found some letters, paperwork and check stubs near the scene that Sharkey was carrying or had in his pocket.

Brumley said they found nothing to indicate he was distracted on a cell phone or listening to music.

The train remained stopped for a little more than an hour for investigation, halting traffic at nearby intersections.
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