(Lawrence, Kansas – September 17, 2012)
A yet-to-be-identified, by gender, age, race or name, pedestrian died at about 11:10 A.M. Monday morning when the victim was struck by a 55-car Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train traveling from Kansas City, KS to Topeka, KS in the vicinity of the BNSF/Amtrak railroad station at Seventh and New York Streets in the east part of Lawrence, KS.
Little information was available as late as Monday night from local law enforcement officials, and railroad officials were not even sure of exactly where the pedestrian was struck. The body was found just west of the railroad station, but could have either been dragged or projected there by the impact with the train.
An average of seven trains, including two Amtrak passenger operations, pass through the east Lawrence BNSF rail corridor daily at a top speed of 35 mph.