Man Suffering Dementia Struck, Killed By Train

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release

Officials in Tampa say a 62-year-old man who suffers from dementia was struck and killed by a passing freight train.

The incident happened about 5:50 p.m. Wednesday as Dwight Hamilton was walking down the middle of the train tracks. Hillsborough County Sheriff's officials say the engineer blew the horn and Hamilton appeared to step off the tracks. But at the last minute he turned back into the train and was struck.

During the investigation, officials learned that another crew had spotted Hamilton walking and dancing on the tracks earlier Wednesday.

Detectives say they're not sure whether this was a suicide or an accident because Hamilton suffers from dementia.

His daughter had reported him missing on Monday after he failed to meet her at a bus stop as planned.

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