Pedestrian hit, killed by Music City Star train in Donelson

Police say a pedestrian was hit and killed by the train. (WSMV)
The crash happened in Donelson on Tuesday morning. (Source: Nashville Fire Department)
The man was reportedly walking along the train tracks when he was hit. (Source: Metro Nashville PD)


A pedestrian was killed after being hit by a Music City Star train while hundreds of people were onboard Tuesday morning.

Officials said the man was struck around 7:20 a.m. while walking along the tracks near the bridge at Stewarts Ferry Pike.

The train conductor, who had just picked people up in Hermitage and was headed to Donelson, told police he blew the horn to try and alert the man but didn’t have time to stop.

The Nashville Fire Department recovered man’s body from the Stones River. His name has not been released.

Metro police said they do not believe this was a suicide and could have been a tragic accident.

A pair of headphones was found near the scene, which makes investigators believe the victim may have been wearing them.

"He was wearing a backpack. We have heard there were headphones recovered – or ear pods, buds recovered – so it’s possible his back was to the train. It’s possible he didn’t hear the train coming," said Kris Mumford, spokeswoman for the Metro Nashville Police Department.

In apparent accident, unidentified man struck & killed by train Tues. @ 7:30 am as he walked across the railroad trestle over Stones River.

— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) August 29, 2017

The Regional Transportation Authority, which operates the Music City Star, released this statement:

This morning, an incident occurred involving the Music City Star and a person walking on the tracks during the regular morning commute service. At approximately 7:20 a.m. a person was struck by an inbound train while walking on the tracks of the bridge at Stewart’s Ferry Pike and fatally injured. The body has been recovered by the fire department. At this time, police are on the scene and still investigating the cause of the death. Passengers on the involved train were transferred to another train and resumed their commute at 8:57 a.m. Passengers will be met by shuttle buses at Riverfront Station and taken to Music City Central or on to their final destination. We will provide more information as it is made available. Our deepest sympathies go out to the family of the deceased.

The Music City Star connects Wilson and Davidson counties. The service has three trains that stop at six locations.

The approximately 300 passengers on the train affected by the accident were transferred onto another train by 9 a.m. They were met by shuttle buses at the riverfront station, which took them to Music City Central or to their final destination. None of the train passengers were injured.

A News 4 viewer sent in a photo of train passengers being moved onto another train.

Amanda Clelland, who is a spokeswoman for MTA, said the trains will be running as usual for the rest of the day.

"The train operation group is, they have a good safety record when it comes to these things, and they are trained professionals, so I am under the impression that they did everything they were supposed to do," Clelland said.

Metro police officers are on the scene working to determine the victim’s cause of death.

Stay with News 4 for updates on this developing story.

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