Railroad News

Amtrak Train Kills Iowa Pedestrian

(Fort Madison, Iowa – July 3, 2011)

An as-yet unidentified 25-year-old man died Sunday afternoon about 12:30 P.M. when he and two companions tried to cross Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad tracks near Fort Madison, IA’s Riverview Park, near 10th Street.

The victim tripped and fell in front of a Chicago-bound Amtrak train loaded with 250 passengers, was struck, and dragged for some distance before the train could come to a stop. His two companions made it across the tracks safely, but the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. His body was transported to Keokuk Area Hospital for an autopsy into his death.