New Details In Train Accident That Killed Springfield Man
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WRSP) —
54-year-old Michael Gray from Springfield was hit by a train as he jogged across the train tracks at 9th and Ash Streets Tuesday night.
Gray was sent to Memorial Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.
Railroad Safety Specialist Chip Pew investigates all deaths involving a train in Illinois.
Pew says the investigation shows that Gray misjudged the speed of the train.
"It appears as though that people get fooled by the speed and distance of that approaching train… because of the background it is very difficult for the eye to get any depth," Pew said.
Federal regulations allow trains to go a maximum of 10 miles per hour in that area. The train was operated by Norfolk Southern who says it can take a mile or more to stop a train. Because of the time it takes to stop, a locomotive engineer who suddenly sees someone on the tracks cannot stop quickly.