Witnesses told officers that Hannon was struck and killed after crossing the tracks while the crossing arms were down and the train horn was blowing, Starrett said.
In a statement, officials with Norfolk Southern said the railroad crossing was equipped with gates, bells and lights that were all in working order.
“An initial investigation indicated that the man, who was in a motorized wheelchar, attempted to cross the tracks by going around the crossing gates as the train approached,” the statement read.
According to the railroad company, the empty grain train that struck Hannon was traveling from Albany to Dwight, Illinois, at the time.
The crash remains under investigation, but anyone who sees Hannon’s dog is asked to call Austell police at 770-944-4320.
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Surveillance video shows him dressed in his police gear that included a bulletproof vest, hat, full uniform, a gun and even a police badge.