- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities have identified a man struck and killed by a transit train in downtown Atlanta as 55-year-old Mahendra Kumar Ghelabhai Patel.

Officials described Patel as a homeless man who was born in India and a U.S. citizen at the time of his death.

MARTA officials say they don’t know why he was on the track when a train pulled into the Georgia State University station shortly before 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority spokesman Lyle Harris has said Patel was in an unauthorized area when the collision occurred.

The station was shut down for nearly five hours after the accident, and MARTA used buses to help transport passengers.

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