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Amtrak officials investigate death of a man who leaped from the train

Authorities with Amtrak are investigating the death of a person who seemingly jumped from a train and subsequently died from the act.
The incident occurred on Jan. 26th at about 9:30 p.m. in Green Pond.
Colleton’s 911-emergency dispatchers were contacted by an Amtrak employee, who said they had a passenger on board who possibly jumped from the train. Investigators from the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office then responded to the scene, along with Colleton County Fire-Rescue.
Local officials then met with law enforcement officers from CSX, the railway system that the Amtrak train operates on.
According to information provided by Amtrak employees to local law enforcement officers, the unidentified male passenger was causing a disturbance on the train on Jan. 26th and “was acting strangely.”
When Amtrak employees went to check on the passenger, they found his hat near an open side door of the train.
Colleton County Fire-Rescue officials reported in a press release that the man jumped from the train between the area of Wiess Lane in Green Pond and the Edisto River. Officials from another train passing through the area reported to CSX officials that a shoe was spotted on the tracks near Hope Plantation Lane in Jacksonboro.
Law enforcement officers with the sheriff’s office went to the area and used a drone and thermal imaging camera to locate the man’s body. His body was then found about one-half-of-a-mile from the Hope Plantation Lane railway crossing.
The Colleton County Coroner’s Office was then called to the scene. The cause of death is under investigation, and the man’s identity is being withheld until the local coroner’s office can notify his family.
According to sheriff’s office Spokeswoman Shalane Lowes, the sheriff’s office is the assisting law enforcement agency on this investigation. The lead investigative agency is CSX Law Enforcement.

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