Man killed in train-truck collision
UPDATE: The Missouri State Highway Patrol report lists the victim as John Norris, 79, of Marshall. Norris was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:20 a.m. by Saline County Coroner William Harlow, troopers said.
A man is dead after a train collided with a truck in downtown Marshall about 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10.
Sgt. Roger Gibson said there was an accident involving a pickup truck and a train.
"We're still conducting our initial response," Gibson said. "I don't have any details yet."
Two witnesses to the accident said they saw a cloud of dust and a truck being pushed down the tracks by a train just east of Lyon Street on the north side of ConAgra.
"I didn't see where it happened," said Corey Smith Sr., of Marshall. "We ran over to try and help."
James Price, of Marshall, called the accident in to 911.
"Dispatch told me to open the door and check on him," Price said.
Smith said the driver wasn't responsive.
"He was breathing. But he didn't respond," Smith said. "I kept yelling, 'Hey bud. Help's on the way.' Then he went limp."
Both Price and Smith said they were shaken by the accident.
"He must have been in his 60s or 70s," Price said. "The conductor -- engineer guy said the truck didn't speed up. He just drove right in front of the train."
Marshall Police have not yet released the name of the driver.
A train-vehicle collision on December 31, 2005 claimed the lives of Earl and Ruby Zimmerman of rural Marshall.
In June 2009, MPD and Kansas Southern Railroad conducted an exercise called "Officer on a train" in which officers rode a train that approached crossings. The train mounted officers coordinated with officers on the ground to issue tickets to people observed trying to "beat" the train. The 2009 exercise follow an accident at the North Miami Avenue crossing in which a Marshall woman was injured. The program was ended early because of a malfunctioning light system at the crossing.
A similar program was conducted in 2008.
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'Officer on the Train' exercise educates motorists on railroad crossing safety