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.