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Pedestrian dies after being hit by train in Lakeland

Posted at 2:33 PM, Apr 05, 2017

A pedestrian has died after being struck by a train in Lakeland on Wednesday. 

Lakeland Police and Lakeland Fire responded to Tennessee Avenue in Downtown Lakeland, in reference to reports of a pedestrian being struck by a train.

According to witnesses, Eric John Velazquez, 34, walked from Munn Park to the train tracks and then appeared to intentionally lean forward into a passing CSX freight train and was hit.

Velazquez was transported to Lakeland Regional Hospital where he later died from his injuries.