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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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Kim Jacobson November 02, 2012 at 04:41 AM
God PLEASE GIve this family comfort in this terrrible tragedy!!!
lynn lonas November 02, 2012 at 05:53 AM
I pray for the family and friends of the man.lord give them rhe comfort and blessings that they much need at this time and the answer to many of the questions that they might have.lord lift them up
Lisa Rachels November 02, 2012 at 07:14 AM
So sad, I will be praying for the family of this man. May God bring comfort in their time of need.
Michael shipley November 02, 2012 at 11:22 AM
I will be praying for this family. The past three days on my way home have met the trian in emerson the trian has ben going around 60 for some reason even through crossings way to fast
Kenneth Roper November 02, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Its not the trains fault. Get off the tracks.
Tom S November 02, 2012 at 12:00 PM
CSX trains are limited to 40 MPH from Emerson to well north of Cartersville and even slower if they are carrying hazardous cargo. Even at 30 MPH, it can take a train 3/4 - 1 mile to come to a complete stop. Kenneth... you are correct.
Railroad Crossing November 02, 2012 at 12:02 PM
That is the purpose of the crossing arms and flashing lights. "A train is coming, DO NOT CROSS."
Tim November 02, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Ya I agree with Kenneth its not the trains fault stay off the tracks ...railroad tracks are not hiking trails or short cuts or playgrounds...they are private property and its trespassing ...and trains can't stop on a dime either takes a much longer distance to stop a mile long train because of all the weight..
Jessica November 02, 2012 at 12:55 PM
It sounds to me like he was playing the old game "chicken" and as sad as this is... when you play with fire you get burned.. My thoughts are with his family as they are the ones to suffer this tradegy.. I also pray for the witnesses who will forever have this memory inplanted in them.. and the conductor.. I can only imagine what these people will forever remember.
jamie ray November 02, 2012 at 02:54 PM
He commited suicide. u play with a train ur gonna lose..
Ben November 02, 2012 at 06:23 PM
The man let a train run him over. I'm sure he wouldn't care for any your ridiculous prayers
Da Vita November 02, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Have some compassion, someone lost their life and this is a public forum where anyone can read and post. This man was a loving husband an father, I would hate for them to read articles, browse the comments an find ppl speaking negatively about their loved one. Just remember the things you say and post can be red by everyone an you will never know how it will impact them. Since I am a friend of the family I would like to break up this negativity by saying, say thank you for the prayers and RIP to a great man, father and husband. You will be truly missed!
Kendra Ross November 03, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Well said Da Vita. First and foremost prayers are not ridiculous they have gotten me thru a lot. Second this man was a father to precious children that does not need to read this garbage. Those kids need comfort no matter what the reason was that this happened. GOD comfort this family they need your loving hands and protection on them right now. Protect them from such idiots such as these that have posted negative comments on here.
Shine November 03, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Prayers to his family and friend and the people he traumatized last night. Don't know him personally,but I'm just wondering why such a great,loving person do something to selfish as to kill themself in front of strangers and leave his family and friends pondering if it was something they could have done to change his mind. It seems like the comments are harsh,but it is what it is. This was not an accident,it was done on purpose. Sad,sad story.
linda lawson November 03, 2012 at 06:15 AM
For what ever reason this gentleman decided life was not worth living anymore so sad I pray the good Lord has mercy on his soul and prayers for all he left behind. Special prayers for all that seen it and for the engineer driving the train may God be with u all.
Ricky Thomas November 03, 2012 at 01:21 PM
His wife was divorcing him.
steve November 03, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Its obvious he was commiting suicide are on heavy narcotics. Duh! His family is probaly greiving and i hope god gives them peace.
steve November 03, 2012 at 02:14 PM
@shine when people get overwhelmed by things that come at them in life it distorts all reality and depression and anxiety set in resulting in losing hope. God is the answer and if u cant find comfort their get meds.
Frank November 03, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Marty was my best friend in High School. We graduated from Seminole High School in Sanford, FL. He was an all conference wide receiver, a loyal and dedicated friend and someone I loved very much. He was always a daredevil, and foolishly lived on the edge. This time it caught up with him. Suicide...those of us who love him will always find that hard to believe. He was a father with two sets of twins and loved all of his children dearly. He was once a great youth pastor in Marietta. Loved by many. This is what I would like people to know about John Martin Ceresoli, Jr (Marty). The rest of you negative, condescending jerks can kiss my hairy butt.
sheila November 03, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Frank, glad you posted this....whatever happened and why, he was a father and friend.May he rest in peace.
jennifer aneuber November 03, 2012 at 05:01 PM
This man was my Uncle Marty.. I'm a junior at Seminole High School in Sanford FL. He had his own PERSONAL problems. But then again, who doesn't? For everyone who had something rude to say, I hope you know Jesus. He was one of the most amazing people I know. I will miss you very much Uncle Marty and I wish it didn't have to turn out this way..... I loveyou . <3
Jerry Ingram November 03, 2012 at 05:09 PM
i spoke with Marty at 5:00 that morning. He was laughing, jovial, and sharp. There was no inclination at all of depression, dispair, etc.
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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