Roads Reopen Near US 92 Following Train-Pedestrian Fatality

A pedestrian was hit and killed by a freight train around 4 a.m. today near the Combee Road rail crossing just south of U.S. 92 in east Lakeland. Four CSX rail crossings in the area have reopened after being blocked most of the morning. The victim was identified as Randolph Eugene Rhymes of Lakeland. “Video on the train shows him lying between the rails between Fish Hatchery Road and Combee Road. Deputies believe he was possibly sleeping when he was hit. No foul play is suspected,” according to a Polk County Sheriff’s Office news release.