By Alton Mitchell
A student at Auburn University became the second victim in less than a month to be struck and killed by a train in the region early Saturday. That incident came just seven days after a Savannah, Georgia man was hit and killed on tracks in nearby Lagrange, GA.
The first accident occurred on April 2nd along Cannonville Road in Lagrange, Georgia. Police identified the victim as 55-year-old Curtis Mitchell a native of Savannah, GA. That incident occurred shortly after midnight on April 2nd.
Police do not know why Mitchell was on the tracks or what led to him being fatally struck by the CSX train. Only a week after Mitchell’s death a second local accident involving a pedestrian and a train claimed the life of an Auburn University student.
At nearly the same time that Mitchell was struck the week prior Auburn University student Dakota Raymond Parker was struck by a train and killed in the 200 block of North College Street in Auburn, AL. Parker was a 19-year old student from Decatur, Alabama, a former football player at Priceville High School.
Shortly after midnight on Saturday April 9th Auburn Police and EMS personal responded to a report of a person struck by a CSX train along North College Street. When emergency officials arrived they found the body of Parker laying between the railroad tracks. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident around 12:45 a.m. on Saturday.
Both the incident in Lagrange and in Auburn are being investigated as accidents. The body of Parker was sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Montgomery to determine the exact cause of death. The body of Mitchell was sent to the Georgia crime lab to determine the exact cause of his death as well. Anyone with any info on either accident is asked to reach out to authorities.