Man, 74, struck, killed by MetroLink train while walking on trac -


Man, 74, struck, killed by MetroLink train while walking on tracks in Fairview Heights

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A man walking on the MetroLink tracks was killed after being hit by a train in the Metro East Saturday.

Officials said the man, later identified as Jimmie L. Smith, did not have any identification on him when he was hit but family members were able to identify him at the Coroner's Office Monday. 

The incident occurred just east of the Fairview Heights station. Authorities said a train was heading westbound when it struck Smith just before 8 p.m.

Police said the man was walking on the tracks when he was hit. There is a fence surrounding this portion of the track, so police are trying to figure out why the man was on the tracks in the first place.

The St. Clair County Sheriff's Department said there were two officers on the train at the time of the accident, along with seven other passengers. No one riding on the train was injured.

Officers found Smith unresponsive after he was hit. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The stations between Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center in East St. Louis and Memorial Hospital in Belleville were shut down for three hours after Smith was hit. Shuttles were transporting passengers by bus to various stations.

This investigation is ongoing.

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