BELLEVILLE, Ill. – A man died Thursday afternoon after being struck by a train in Belleville.
Authorities said a man was on the train tracks around 5:30 p.m. when he was hit by a Norfolk Southern freight train.
The incident happened near the intersection of W. Main and 24th streets.
Authorities have not identified the man and are waiting to notify his family.
Witnesses said they saw the man on the tracks and he appeared to have headphones in and did not hear the train coming, although they said the train was sounding the horn. Witnesses said they did everything they could to get the man’s attention, they yelled, jumped up and down and waved their arms to try and get his attention, but they said he didn’t appear to notice and was hit by the train. Police said he had “headphones on as he was walking on the train tracks.”
Police said one witness was successful in getting the man’s attention and then tried to leave the tracks, but was then hit.
Witnesses also said that Norfolk Southern personnel on the trail “were sounding the horn continuously attempting to warn the victim of their approach.”
A witness said the impact pushed the man about 200 yards away from where he was initially hit by the train.
The train stopped a few blocks down after the impact and was on the tracks for a few hours after the incident. The train blocked traffic at the intersection of W. Main and 27th streets but was cleared around 8 p.m. Thursday.
When officers arrived at the scene, the man was pronounced dead from his injuries.
The St. Clair County Coroner’s office will release the man’s identity at a later date.