(KMOV.com) – A man was struck and killed by a train while walking on tracks in Belleville, Illinois Friday morning.
Police said the accident happened around 7:15 a.m. near the intersection of Route 159 and North Douglas Avenue.
According to reports, the victim is a 53-year-old black male. Witnesses told authorities they saw the man walking south on Route 159 and then reported he laid down on the tracks.
The train stopped after the accident and police say Route 159 is blocked in the city. Authorities did not say when they expect the train to move and the road to reopen.
An investigation is ongoing.