Coroner’s reports say at approximately 4 a.m. Saturday, Travis Short was laying across the Canadian National tracks behind the Salvation Army on South Commercial Street when he was struck by the Amtrak train that had just departed the Centralia Depot.
The report says the train sounded its horn and engaged the emergency brake, but was unable stop in time to avoid striking Short. He made no indications before being hit that he heard the horn or was aware of the approaching train. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
Just before the accident, Short had reportedly been visiting a friend’s house in Central City and was believed to have been walking back to his Dean Street home. Samples were taken and have been submitted to the state crime lab for toxicology tests.
The passenger train was northbound at about 47 mph when the emergency brake was engaged. Coroner’s reports estimate the train was traveling at approximately 35 mph when it struck Short. The train and its passengers were delayed approximately 3 1/2 hours while authorities investigated the accident. It ultimately continued north to Chicago.
In December, 27-year-old Eva Stanley was struck and killed along the same stretch of tracks, but by a southbound freight train.
Stanley was believed to be walking along the tracks on her way to work when she was hit. She was taken to St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital where she was pronounced dead.