KPD releases name of Kewanee man killed by train

Star Courier
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The deceased individual involved with the fatal train collision that occurred around 4:15 a.m. July 9 has been identified as Robert E. Curry, 72, of Kewanee.

Kewanee Police, in a press release sent Monday evening, said the engineer and conductor that were operating the train stated that it appeared Curry intentionally walked eastbound onto the tracks toward the train and knelt down in the path of the oncoming train. The engineer engaged the brakes as soon as possible, as well as flashing the lights and activating the horn and bell.  

Law enforcement officials reviewed surveillance footage from the train depot.   The surveillance footage corroborated the statements from the engineer and conductor and showed Curry waiting by the train depot until the train neared that location.  Once the red lights were activated at the crossing, Curry was observed deliberately entering the tracks. He can be observed walking toward the train and kneeling on the tracks just before being struck by the train.  Curry was pronounced dead at the scene.  The Kewanee Police Department has closed the death investigation into this matter.