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Updated: Man Struck, Killed by Train in Downtown Cartersville

"The individual was standing on the tracks and did not move out of the way of the train," said Capt. Mark Camp.

Updated Friday, 11:30 a.m.

The man hit and killed by the train has been identified as John Martin Ceresoli Jr., 48, of Cartersville.

Updated Friday, 10 a.m.

The man killed by a train in downtown Cartersville about 9:50 last night had been eating outside at the City Cellar & Loft on Museum Drive near West Main Street, Camp said in an email update. 

Witnesses said he kept getting up, walking over to the train tracks in front of the restaurant, looking both ways, then coming back to his table to eat. 

"We just met him tonight. He bummed a cigarette and said his name was
[redacted], or something like that," one witness said, according to the CPD report. "He drank a glass of wine, but seemed to be acting as if he was on medication or needed to be."

The last time the victim walked to the tracks, he continued to the middle of the tracks and stood there. 

"He walked up on the track and stood facing the train. He didn't move. I thought he was trying to be a daredevil, but he didn't move," another witness told the police. "It seemed premeditated. He was pacing around between the train tracks and the bar until he heard the train coming."

As the train approached the man, he turned towards the restaurant and took a step towards it, witnesses said. But he did not get off the tracks and was struck by the train. 

"He was walking around and talking, acting kind of crazy. He heard the train coming and said '[expletive] CSX' and got out on the tracks," a witness said. "He was  standing up facing toward the train and then started to step down off the tracks at the last minute. His body disappeared".

The victim, a Caucasian man, 48, was deceased when police arrived. His name has not been released because next of kin have not yet been notified.  

Original Report

A man was struck and killed by a train in downtown Cartersville shortly before 10 p.m. Capt. Mark Camp of the Cartersville Police Department released this statement:

"A short time ago a male subject was hit by a train on the railroad tracks in downtown Cartersville near Museum Drive and West Main Street. From the information I have been given the subject is deceased. Several streets are blocked by the train and it is unknown when the track will be cleared.

"I have no information whatsoever on the deceased individual at this time.  All I know right now is that the individual was standing on the tracks and did not move out of the way of the train."

A Cartersville Patch tipster said the incident is in front of the City Cellar & Loft with "police, fire trucks everywhere."

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Patsy November 03, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Thank you for the kind words that were shared about Marty. Not only did he leave behind grieving children, but a grieving Mother, Sister, Brother and other family members (as well as a host of friends). So, I say if you didn't know Marty, his family or friends, please keep your ignorance to yourselves and let Marty's family & friends mourn for his loss in peace! Thank you!
steve November 04, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Sounds like a decent man im not sure what happened are what he was thinking but it was either a dumb mistake are suicide.
dewayne November 05, 2012 at 04:18 AM
My name john Dewayne Terrance ceresoli he was my brother thank you for the prayers he was good person and beloved in personal freedom
Ray Black November 05, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Marty was my youth pastor and a good friend for several years, he was a blessing to me just knowing him. It blew my mind when I heard this had happened and I have thought about this since I heard the news. I remember the twins when they was born and how everyone was so excited for him and his family. Marty was a good man that I always thought highly of I know he was loved and will be missed by many. His family is in my heart and I hope they can find comfort in their loss
david January 20, 2013 at 10:55 AM
He was my neighbor and good friend going duke university getting his ph.d in religion. He wanted to go to. China with me to learn about life there. He had his struggle inside... I miss him as a friend. I pray for his family..... May he rest in peace.


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