Just after 8 p.m. Monday, officers with the Acworth Police Department received calls that a man had stepped in front of a southbound train on the tracks off North Main Street, almost directly in front of Henry’s Louisiana Grill downtown.
“I know at least one and maybe two people actually saw him get hit,” said Capt. Mark Cheatham. “He was next to the tracks, and before it got there, he just stepped in front of it.”
The 39-year-old man, whose name is not being released until family can be contacted, was taken by ambulance to WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, where he later died.
Cheatham said the man was alive when he arrived at the hospital but sustained severe injuries to the head and one leg.
Officers were at the scene, along with CSX railroad personnel, for about three hours.
Detectives are working the case as a suicide, but there were no notes found at the scene or information on the body that would point directly to it being a suicide, Cheatham said.
He said he believed the last death involving a train in Acworth occurred about 15 years ago.
Henry Chandler, the owner of the Henry’s Louisiana Grill, said Tuesday that he didn’t know an accident had occurred on the tracks until after his restaurant had closed Monday night.
“We had no idea it even happened,” he said. “We saw police cars outside, but we were closed before we even noticed that.”
Chandler said he had not heard any details about the train accident or who was involved in it.