(KMOV)-- A man is dead after being struck by a piece of maintenance equipment on a railroad track in Pevely, Missouri.
This happened around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday on the tracks near Highway Z and Weier Road, just to the west of Interstate 55.
Authorities said the equipment hit the 37-year-old man while he was walking along the tracks. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The equipment only travels about 25 MPH but can't stop too easily. A witness told police the driver honked 25-30 times but the man didn't move, he just kept meandering down the middle of the tracks.
Railroad police said they smelled alcohol on the victim.
The victim was a transient from Pennsylvania who was staying in Pevely for about 6 weeks at the Mission shelter. A man who volunteers at the shelter says the victim's name is Matthew and he's incredibly hard of hearing.