Hearing impaired man dies after stepping in front of train
HAMMOND - Hammond police say a 58-year-old man with hearing difficulties died after stepping in front of a train passing through the downtown area.
Lt. Vince Giannobile says Ernest Watts could hardly speak and could barely hear. Giannobile says Watts didn't respond to bystanders who shouted to warn him of the train.
He says Watts walked between the lowered crossbars of the East Coleman Avenue crossing along U.S. Highway 51, and was struck around 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Giannobile says Watts was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.