49-year-old deaf man killed by train in St. Landry Parish

49-year-old deaf man killed by train in St. Landry Parish
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Friday, July 11, 2014 - 4:34pm

Forty-nine-year-old Michael Tanner, of Lebeau, is dead after being struck by a train Thursday while walking on the tracks beside Highway 71.

Witnesses told the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office that walking on the train tracks was part of Tanner’s daily routine.

The conductor saw Tanner and blew the horn multiple times, but Tanner, who is deaf, could not hear the warnings.

The train hit Tanner and threw him thirty feet into the air. Tanner landed on someone's private property and was pronounced dead at the scene.  

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