Police: Power Plant Deaths Were Accidental

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Police believe two people found dead at a central Florida power plant may have hitched a ride on a coal train.

Lakeland police spokeswoman Ann Dinges says the deaths of a man and a woman found this week at the Lakeland electric plant appear to be accidental.

Dinges told the Ledger of Lakeland authorities believe the victims died when the boxcar was being emptied. However, she says an investigation is underway.

She says the boxcar opens from the bottom to empty the coal and the forceful movement likely caused the blunt force trauma that killed the woman and asphyxiated the man.

Officials say workers found the bodies as they sorted the coal into piles. The shipment arrived Saturday from Terre Haute, Ind.

No further details were immediately available.

Source: Associated Press