Lakeland man sleeping on tracks killed by train

- Roads are open again in Lakeland after a train hit and killed a pedestrian Wednesday morning.

Polk County deputies said the crash happened in the area of Combee Road and Highway 92. A freight train struck and killed Randolph Eugene Rhymes of Lakeland, and the stopped train cars blocked crossings for most of the morning.

Video from the train shows the 58-year-old lying between the rails between Fish Hatchery Road and Combee Road. Deputies believe he was possibly sleeping when he was hit. 

Not far from the scene, deputies say they found copper wire, gloves, and pliers.





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