Fatal train crash kills pedestrian in Biloxi

Another death on Biloxi’s railroad tracks today after a train hit a woman just east of Eisenhower Drive in Biloxi. It happened just after 9:30 this morning.
News 25’s Caroline Eaker was on the scene as investigators tried to piece together what led up to the Biloxi woman’s death.
It’s not unusual to hear trains rolling through this part of Edgewater Park neighborhood, but it’s not every day residents see yellow crime scene tape or hear a train screeching to a sudden halt. Resident Raymond Bialka said, “I was getting out of the shower and I heard the train squealing on the tracks.”
Bialka, his wife, and others in the area ventured outdoors to see what the commotion was all about, only to discover authorities combing the scene of an accident after a train collided with a 40-year-old Biloxi woman on the railroad tracks. “Well, I figured it was somebody because the police cars and ambulances and fire trucks were here,” said Bialka.
This makes at least five people dead in railroad accidents in Biloxi in the past year considering the four people that died in a train versus bus accident in March. Christopher De Back with Biloxi PD said, “Yeah, we have had some incidents along the tracks, some vehicles, some pedestrians over the years. Certainly we ask people to be aware of their surroundings when walking or driving of course. A train can’t stop on a dime, of course, so we have to watch out for them.”
Police spent most of Thursday investigating the scene of the accident, trying to piece together the events that led up to the woman’s death. This is the sixth reported death on Biloxi train tracks this year, accounting for more than half of the confirmed ten railroad fatalities reported so far this year throughout Mississippi, according to Operation Lifesaver.

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