- Associated Press - Thursday, May 22, 2014

ROME, Ga. (AP) - Police in the northwest Georgia city of Rome are investigating the death of a pedestrian who was struck by a train.

Authorities said 54-year-old Ricky Barnettman was struck and killed Wednesday morning, under a bridge behind a Kroger store. Police said he was facing away from the approaching locomotive when he was struck.

Rome police say the train began blowing its horn before it reached Barnett, and tried to stop. The Rome News-Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1ks9T4c) that Barnett was moved about 40 yards when the train hit him, and the locomotive traveled about 1,000 feet after the collision before it could stop.

Floyd County Deputy Coroner Gene Proctor said Barnett lived underneath the bridge near the place of his death, and sometimes stayed in local shelters.

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Information from: Rome News-Tribune, https://www.romenews-tribune.com

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