Man killed after trying to 'slap' moving train while celebrating birthday

Summerville, SC - SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - A 23-year-old Summerville man was killed early Thursday morning after trying to "slap" a moving train after he had been drinking.

According to the Dorchester County coroner Justin Helton, of Summerville, was at the Ice House Bar & Grill on East Doty Avenue celebrating his birthday. He apparently had too much to drink, got into a few different arguments with people at the bar, and then allegedly went outside upset. He then told someone he was going to "slap the train" that was passing by.

When doing so, he apparently was sucked into the train and suffered multiple fractures and massive blunt force trauma. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The train conductor did not know this accident had even happened and had to be stopped farther down the tracks for the investigation.

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