Man Struck, Killed by Train After Lying on Tracks

BELLEVILLE, IL (KTVI) –  Investigators believe a man who was struck and killed by a train in Belleville Friday morning wasn’t there by accident.

It happened around  6:15 a.m. Friday  at Illinois Route 159 and Douglas.  Witnesses say the 53-year-old African American man was walking South when then laid down on the tracks.  A westbound Norfolk Southern train struck and killed him.

Investigators say that all warning signals and gates at the crossing appear to have been working at the time of the incident.

The name of the man is being withheld until family members are notified.