A man and a child are dead and one child has been hospitalized after being hit by a train in Mississippi.
Responders said a man and two children were sitting on the train tracks in Hazlehurst. Copiah County Coroner Ellis Stuart said the train was blowing it's whistle and horn, but the people didn't move.
The child who survived was conscious when he left the scene, Stuart said. At this point the nature of his injuries are unclear.
Copiah County Emergency Management Agency Director Randle Drane said the conductor and engineer told him that they had started blowing the horn north of the first Hazlehurst crossing, as they're required to do.
As they got closer, Drane said they saw something ahead.
"They said, 'What is that on the tracks?' and about that time they hit the second crossing," Drane said.
"There was no attempt to move," Drane said. "One child stood up and that was it."
Ben Foy lives in an apartment which overlooks the train tracks. He said he heard the sirens and went outside to see what had happened.
"The train had already stopped and the emergency crews were on the other side of the train," he said. "There was a ton of people out there."
As of late Friday, authorities had not established an identity on the man and two male children, who were around 3 or 4 years old, Stuart said
Hazlehurst Police Department and the railroad police will conduct a joint investigation to establish what exactly led to the man and the children being on the tracks.