Mitchell killed by train
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Dec 20, 2013 | 2178 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Polk County investigators are working to piece together events which led to the death of a 20- year-old Georgia woman who was struck and killed by a train Wednesday.

According to Detective Joe Price of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division, Brittany Mitchell was identified as the person struck by the train, “just south of the York Road crossing.”

The incident occurred just before 11:30 a.m.

“Interviews with the engineer and conductor stated that they say saw her laying in the tracks,” Price said. As standard procedure, train operators reportedly had already begun blowing the engine’s horn and braking due to the approach at the York Road crossing, according to Price. “Investigation is still ongoing pending autopsy results,” Price said.

- Christmas decorations were reportedly stolen from a New Murraytown Road residence earlier this week.

According to a report filed by deputy Yvonne May, Daniel Stokes said someone took his LED-lighted deer displays from his yard.

The displays were taken sometime during the night Wednesday or early Thursday morning. The displays were valued at $600.

Investigation has been turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.

- Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Traffic and Patrol units and the Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting saturation patrols and other traffic-related activities in Bradley and Polk County throughout the Christmas and New Year’s holiday season.

Charleston Police Department will also be participating in the driving safety efforts.

Bradley County has recorded seven traffic deaths this year, down from 24 in 2012.