Pedestrian hit, killed by Amtrak train near Shirley

2010-04-30T11:42:00Z Pedestrian hit, killed by Amtrak train near ShirleyBy M.K. Gueterlsoh | mgueterlsoh@pantagraph.com pantagraph.com

FUNKS GROVE -- A pedestrian was killed Friday morning was struck and killed by a northbound Amtrak train at the crossing at Funks Grove Road.

McLean County Coroner Beth Kimmerling said the victim is presumed to be a male, and officials are working on identification. No foul play is suspected, she added.

"I have not reviewed the information provided to the police from Amtrak personnel and I want to know what is in that information before I make a final determination on cause," Kimmerling said. "At this point, however, it does not appear anyone else was involved."

The incident occurred about 10:50 a.m. at the railroad crossing outside Funks Grove, which is about seven miles southwest of Bloomington.

A blue Buick that was parked next to the railroad crossing with the driver's door open is presumed to belong to the victim, Kimmerling said. The car was not damaged.

McLean County sheriff's police collected evidence and documents from the car, including handwritten notes, Kimmerling said.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said the train was the Chicago-bound Texas Eagle, which was headed to a stop in Normal.

"There are no injuries to passengers or our crew," said Magliari.

Magliari said the Texas Eagle was delayed by about 2½ hours. The incident also delayed the departure of the southbound Lincoln Service from Chicago by about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

During the delay, personnel with Amtrak and Union Pacific railroad, which owns the tracks, were interviewed by police.

Police also tested the signals and gates at the crossing as part of their investigation.

Kimmerling said no problems with the railroad equipment were identified.

The incident was the second involving a person colliding with an Amtrak train in Central Illinois this week. On Wednesday, a 72-year-old Pontiac man suffered minor injuries after his pickup truck struck an Amtrak train south of Pontiac.

Hubert L. Sherman remained in fair condition Friday at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria.

Sherman was westbound on 1500 North in a 2002 Dodge pickup truck when he apparently struck one of the passenger cars of the southbound Texas Eagle. The force of the impact caused the truck, which was totaled, to roll over in a nearby ditch.

 

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