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Tragic Fatality Occurs as Pedestrian Struck by Train in Excelsior Springs

Canadian Pacific Kansas City investigators arrived on the scene at approximately 12:27 pm (photo Mackenzie Cole).

May 21, 2023 – At approximately 11:59 am, a man tragically lost his life after being struck by a train near the railway crossing on South McCleary Road just south of the Walmart in Excelsior Springs.

Police reported that it appeared the victim had recently been shopping at Walmart and was walking along the tracks when the collision took place. The identity of the man has not yet been disclosed. Excelsior Springs Police were first to arrive on the scene, but the Missouri Highway Patrol has taken over the investigation to determine the exact circumstances surrounding the accident. Law enforcement officials asked that all citizens stay clear of South McCleary Road as they conduct their investigation.

ESPD were first to arrive and secured the scene (photo Mackenzie Cole)

Adding to the heart-wrenching scene, a brown dog with a red collar was spotted near the accident site. Officers presume the canine to be the victim’s pet, but they have been unable to capture the animal.

Rural railroad tracks pose unique risks to pedestrian safety. With limited visibility and potentially infrequent train schedules, it is crucial for pedestrians to exercise extreme caution near train tracks. Always adhere to designated crossing areas, never attempt to outrun a train, and be aware of your surroundings, listening for any approaching trains.

We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

Earlier Coverage/Breaking News

11:59 am The Excelsior Citizen received a report from the Excelsior Springs Missouri Police Department that moments ago a pedestrian was hit by a train on McCleary intersection behind Walmart. Emergency responders are asking that citizens avoid the area.

12:30 pm – Railway Police arrived on the scene with a train that is now stopped on the tracks.

12:50 pm – Law enforcement on the scene indicated that the person was an adult male. Because it is technically outside of Excelsior Springs city limits, Highway Patrol is on the way to conduct an investigation.

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