Jogger killed by train in Germantown identified

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GERMANTOWN, Tenn. — Germantown have identified a man hit and killed by a train in 7000 block of Southern Avenue in Germantown Sunday afternoon.

George Holmes was jogging on the railroad tracks when the train was approaching.

The train conductor sounded the train horn multiple times before applying the emergency brakes.

Police say Holmes was listening to music from his cell phone.

His family told police, “jogging on the railroad tracks while listening to music through earphones was something he had done in the past.”


  • John T. Dwyer

    Condolences to the family of this person. A terrible and horrific way to leave this world.
    Also to the engineer and conductor, who had to sit powerless, while they sought to bring this train to a halt. I say powerless, because it usually takes at least 1500 feet to stop one of these road trains and their cars. The Engineer probably threw every safety available to stop, but just cannot stop on a dime.
    I am sad for the man who was killed. Nobody deserves this method of demise.

    I also hope and pray somebody from Norfolk-Southern will get the Engineer, and Conductor, some counseling when this is over. They don’t train for such things and they do not expect it. The emergency personnel have help in place for such things.
    In my time they didn’t have such help and assistance…you were just expected to go on as if nothing had happened.

    • Ric

      Well put!!

      Google “jogging on railroad tracks” to see how common (and stupid) this is. Operation Lifesaver has some great information on how to avoid becoming a rail statistic.
      Want to be an aluminum can under a semi truck tire? Stop your car on the tracks. Want to be a grape under the same semi truck tire? Then don’t have the car there for “protection”.
      Combine ear buds/headphones with criminal trespass on the tracks and you have a recipe for express checkout….

  • canadianwhiskeygirl

    I do feel sorry for the family. No, a train nor big truck cannot stop on a dime. Depending on how fast either is going, takes a helluva lot longer to stop but they sure can’t stop in just 10 ft! Am glad they have counseling for them now because, like u said, had to keep going like nothing had happened, which made them appear very cold hearted. Nearly 20 yes ago, I went thru EMT training. Didn’t pass with the excuse of I’m too emotional….get too attached. Was told have to act like didn’t matter!

  • Ching Ching 88

    Trains are the most selfish forms of transportation. They hold up traffic, sometimes for hours on end. But still, very sad story for this family. But why is someone roaming around a train track???? Serious questions here. As for myself, I would jump off the train track if I heard a train coming. But thats just me

    • TigerFan

      I would much rather wait at an intersection while a train passed than travel the highways with sleepy drivers of 18 wheelers. Not that all truck drivers are driving while tired or distracted, but those things make me nervous! I would rather see fewer of them and more trains if I had my choice. But truck drivers need jobs too….

      • canadianwhiskeygirl

        Tiger fan, as a holder of a Class A CDL, 8+ yrs as an OTR driver, u may wish to see extremely few big trucks out there, but the day u cease seeing us period is the day u best hope u will never again need ANYthing from ANY kind of store again. Whatever u buy in ANY kind of store, a truck driver brought it!!! We are the backbone of America, bringing u everything u need to live!!

      • Yogi

        What a horrible tragedy for the family. I will keep them in my prayers. I will also pray Ching Ching and Tigerfan learn the basics of supply chain, manufacturing, and distribution so they won’t sound so ignorant when making future comments. This is a tragic and very avoidable accident, but not due to negligence of the train.

    • yadddahaha

      He was jogging. sad for the family, but I would love to know what type of headphones he had on that could drown out a train.

      • joey

        I was going to say the same exact thing. When i’m listening to my earbuds (even louder than I should be), i can here and understand some talking in a normal voice.

  • M.Stanley

    Tigerfan,unless you live in a cave and hunt wild beasts, everything you are wearing was carried in an 18 wheeler. Wake up and have a cup of coffee.Oops, that came in an 18 wheeler also! Take an economics course.

  • canadianwhiskeygirl

    BTW,tiger fan, how do u think those containers trains pull got to the railyard to begin with…a local orover the road driver went to shipper,got container loaded, took to railyard for it to get to another city,state USA. Same applies at destination for product to get to store. Shipping product by rail is cheapest.

    • Rachael Weathers

      How dare you. This was a dear friend of my family’s. What an insensitive thing to say. This DID happen, and I will be attending his funeral Saturday, and I am devastated.

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