Man killed after being struck by a train

Update: 6:45 pm, 1/8/18, Monday

LUDLOW, Ill. (WCIA) -- An Amtrak train hit and killed a Ludlow man.

It happened near the intersection of North Chestnut and Thomas, Sunday night. Passengers were on board for hours waiting for the scene to be cleared.

"A pedestrian was crossing, trying to cross the railroad tracks, not at a pedestrian or a vehicle crossing, slipped and fell." 

That's when an Amtrak train hit and killed 26-year old Eric Morales. Police say he was crossing where he shouldn't have been. Neighbors say it was between two grain bins.

"Make sure you're crossing at only pedestrian crossings or the roadway crossings. You know,  they're there for a reason." 

"At least if you're at a vehicle or pedestrian crossing you're even with the tracks and you're more likely to keep your footing." 

It's not uncommon to see a train pass through town. It's important people follow railway safety if they plan to cross.

Lt. Brian Mennenga, with the Champaign County Sheriff's Office, says there's a motto to remember when walking across a set of tracks and it could save your life.

"Even if the crossings aren't down or the lights aren't flashing just make sure you look, the saying is look, listen, and live." 

An autopsy will not be performed on Morales. Police do not believe he was under the influence of anything.

Passengers were on board for about three hours while the scene was cleared.

Original: 8:20 am, 1/8/18, Monday

LUDLOW, Ill. (WCIA) -- Coroner Duane Northrup is releasing the name of a man who has died after being struck by a train while crossing railroad tracks.

26-year old Eric Morales was pronounced dead at the scene Sunday, about 7:20 pm. 

Morales was reportedly trying to cross the railroad tracks just north of the intersection of Thomas  and North Chestnut streets.

Investigators say he lost his footing and fell in front of a southbound Amtrak train. No autopsy will be performed, although an inquest may be held at a later date.

This death is being investigated by the Champaign County Coroner’s Office and the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office. 


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