Man killed by train in Auburn

AUBURN – An unidentified man was killed Thursday when he was struck by a passing Amtrak train.

Auburn Police Chief Bruce Centko described the incident as an accident. He said the victim appeared to be a local resident.

“The body is that of an adult male. Preliminary identification has been made, but no names will be released until the coroner can notify the family and a positive identification can be made,” Centko said.

The man was struck about one-half block north of Illinois 104 about 5:40 p.m.

“It appears he was walking with his hat pulled down tight over his eyes and probably didn’t see the train,” Centko said.

Chelsea Brettin, 19, of Auburn said she was waiting for a southbound Amtrak train to pass the crossing about 5:40 p.m. when she saw a shirt and another object fly out from under the train. When she pulled forward after the train passed, she said, she could see body parts on the track.

Brettin said she immediately called police.

“I did not want kids to have to see that,” she said.

Police and firefighters blocked Illinois 104 at the railroad tracks in Auburn. Traffic was being detoured, and a white tent had erected on the road near the tracks.

The train stopped about one-quarter of a mile down the tracks and was still at the scene as of 8 p.m., Centko said.

The Amtrak Website reported that the train, the Texas Eagle, left Springfield about 5:20 p.m., about 5 minutes late. It was expected to arrive in St. Louis about 10:40 p.m., nearly 3 1/2 hours late.

John Reynolds can be reached at 788-1524.

Read the original article from The State Journal-Register.

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