HOLLYWOOD, SC (WCSC) - A Cottageville man died Sunday night after being struck by a train, according to Charleston County authorities.
John Terry, Jr., 29, was struck by a train at approximately 7:20 p.m., according to Charleston County Deputy Coroner Dottie Lindsay.
Charleston County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the area of SC Highway 162 and McCombs Road in Hollywood that evening. Deputies say a CSX freight train was traveling northbound when the conductor noticed a man that appeared to be sitting on the railroad tracks. The conductor was unable to stop the train in time and the train struck the pedestrian.
The train stopped at least a half-mile distance before reaching the SC Highway 162 train crossing.
Deputies say Terry died at the scene. They searched the area to ensure that no one else was struck.
A CSX Spokesperson released this statement: "
This evening at approximately 7:15 p.m. EST, a CSX train en route from Waycross, GA to Rocky Mount, NC. struck a pedestrian at McCombs Road in Johns Island, SC. CSX personnel are cooperating with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office, who are investigating the incident. The train consisted of two locomotives, 20 loaded rail cars and 18 empty rail cars. CSX appreciates the swift response by local emergency personnel and extends its thoughts to those impacted by this tragic event."
The Charleston County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident.