Florida man struck, killed by train while wearing earphones

A Florida man was struck and killed by a freight train Saturday as he crossed the tracks and did not see the crossing arms because he was using his cellphone with earphones, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

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Dustin R. Pierce, 28, of Valrico, was killed as he walked into the path of a 63-car CSX train that was traveling north, The Tampa Bay Times reported.

Pierce was walking west on a sidewalk on State Road 60, a major highway located 20 miles east of Tampa, when the train hit him, the Times reported. A witness told the newspaper that the horn sounded before the train crossed the highway.

In a report, troopers said Pierce “Failed to observe the down crossing arms due to utilizing his cellphone with earphones.”

The highway was closed for two hours, WTSP reported.