Police: Man killed when he leaned toward train

Police: Man walks in front of Lakeland train

LAKELAND, Fla. -- A 34-year-old man died Wednesday hours after he reportedly walked to railroad tracks and then leaned in front on an oncoming train.

About 1:56 p.m. Wednesday Lakeland police responded to Tennessee Avenue after a report that a pedestrian was struck by a CSX freight train.

Witnesses said Eric John Velazquez of Pensacola walked from Munn Park to the tracks and then appeared to intentionally lean forward into a passing CSX freight train and was hit.

Lakeland Fire Department and Polk County EMS attempted to life-saving actions and transported Velazquez to Lakeland Regional Health.

He died at 2:36 p.m.

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