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      Charles William Smith struck to death by tragic CSX train; Ocala Mourns

      The Ocala community is reeling from the loss of Charles William Smith, 60, who tragically lost his life in an incident involving a CSX train early Thursday morning. Identified by Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies as the deceased, Smith’s passing has left a profound void in the hearts of those who knew him.

      The incident occurred near the 6300 block of South Pine Avenue (U.S. 441) shortly before 12:30 a.m. Upon receiving the distressing call, deputies swiftly responded to the scene, commencing a search for the victim. Tragically, Smith was discovered lying next to the railroad tracks behind the Dollar General store.

      This tragic event evokes painful memories of a similar incident that transpired two years ago in the same vicinity. In that instance, a 43-year-old Ocala resident named Troy Michael Summerfield lost his life after being struck by a CSX train. Law enforcement determined Summerfield’s death to be accidental in their final report.

      In the case of Charles William Smith, train officials recounted to deputies that the train was traveling northbound when both the conductor and engineer spotted two individuals walking their bicycles alongside the tracks. Despite sounding the train’s horn to alert them, one person, unfortunately, remained stationary on the outer edge of the west side of the track, leading to the tragic collision.

      The train was promptly halted, and law enforcement was notified of the incident, but tragically, Smith’s injuries proved fatal.

      The Ocala community is left grappling with the devastating loss of Charles William Smith, a beloved member of the community. As friends and family mourn his untimely passing, they are reminded of the fragility of life and the importance of cherishing every moment spent with loved ones. Smith’s memory will be cherished and his absence keenly felt in the hearts of those who knew him.

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