Lakeland man dies after being hit by train in central Florida


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LAKELAND, Florida — Authorities say a central Florida man died after being hit by a train over the weekend.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office reports that 26-year-old Charles Lewis Ricks Jr. was hit in Lakeland Sunday evening. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died later that night.

A sheriff's spokeswoman says a CSX train engineer saw Ricks sitting inside the tracks and blew the horn several times, but Ricks didn't look up or acknowledge the train until right before impact.

The Ledger ( ) reports that family members and friends told deputies that Ricks might have been suicidal.

Information from: The Ledger (Lakeland, Florida),

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