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Man hit by train identified, family returns to the scene

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Grieving family and friends returned to the tracks near Williams Ave in Ashburn Thursday, where 28-year-old Joshua Floyd was hit and killed by a train earlier that morning.

Police said Floyd was walking along the train tracks near Williams Street and U.S. Hwy. 41 around 7 a.m. when he was hit. He was killed by the impact. His neighbors recalled hearing it happen.

"I heard the train honking a lot, and it was like honking a lot and doing it really really fast, and the next thing you know you hear a scream," said relative Shandreyah Harriell.

Floyd's family says he crossed the tracks everyday on his walk to work. Thursday morning he crossed at a section of the railroad that didn't have crossing arms.

"He was running and ran across there to try and beat the train, and it took him on down the hill," recalled friend Willie Hudson. "It was so quick, you know."

Floyd's mother says he recently got a new job and a place to live. Now, those who knew him say they remember him for the good man he was.

"Really kind and nice and sweet person," said Harriell.

"He was a good guy. He's got children," said Hudson. "I'm going to miss him, you know, and I love the family, been knowing the family all my life."

This isn't the first deadly train accident at the tracks in Ashburn.

A bicyclist was hit by a train at a crossing there in 2007.

Floyd's family said they hope others will use caution in the future around railroad crossings.

Georgia State Patrol is continuing the investigation.

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