Train hits a man in Manchester

A man was hit by a train Tuesday in Manchester. The incident happened near Rose Street, just before 7 p.m., Nov. 26.

Jerry Messick was standing near the railroad and the train grazed him.

Messick was transported to Unity Medical Center by Coffee County Emergency Medical Services. The injuries appear to be non-critical, according to local authorities.

Officer Benjamin Sneed, Assistant Chief Adam Floied,  Mitchell West and Sergeant Dale Robertson responded to the call about a male subject “possibly hit by a train, at 301 Rose Street Rail Road intersection,” according to the incident report.

“Arriving on scene I observed a male subject (lying) near the second locomotive on the rail way gravel,” Sneed wrote in the report. “Also two other male (subjects), later identified as Ryan Brown (General Manager/Conductor/Flagger), and Colin Sweeton (Conductor)…were rendering aid to subject. The male subject had a large bloody laceration on the top of  his head, minor scrapes on his left shoulder and was identified as Jerry L Messick. Upon contact furthering medical aid he was unresponsive but breathing, also he had a strong odor of an intoxicant about his person. Sgt. Robertson walked the side of the train to look for any evidence…Paramedics then arrived on  scene and took control of his medical treatment.”   

According to Sneed, the conductor stated that “he was approaching the Rose Street Crossing going north on the main line, when he started blowing the horn. He then saw something to his right and put the train into emergency and saw a man fall into the track.”

At this time, no charges have been filed.

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