SIU student hit by train in Jackson Co., IL, pronounced dead at scene

SIU student killed by train in Jackson Co.

JACKSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - Officials say a pedestrian was struck and killed by a train in Jackson County, Illinois.

The victim has been identified as Ethan T. Stein, 20, of Willowbrook, Illinois, according to the coroner.

According to officials with the sheriff’s office, it happened about a half mile north of Airport Road and the Highway 51 intersection.

Officials said around 1:20 a.m. on Dec. 14 they were called to the location for a report of a person hit by a train.

Stein was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an investigation.

They were assisted on the scene by the Carbondale, Southern Illinois University and Canadian National police departments as well as the Jackson County Ambulance Service, Carbondale Township Fire Department and Jackson County Coroner’s Office.

The train was one of Amtrak’s headed toward New Orleans and was delayed by about 2 hours, according to Amtrak.

“Well, we’ll work with the local authorities who are doing an investigation now as to how this person came to be within the path of the train and we’ll of course offer our crew support. The crew has the right to be relieved of duty at the scene for compassionate reasons,” said an Amtrak’s spokesperson.

There were 10 crew members aboard and about 110 passengers. No one on board the train was hurt.

Copyright 2018 KFVS. All rights reserved.