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32-Year-Old Centralia Man Killed When Run Over By Amtrak Train

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

A 32-year-old Centralia man apparently died instantly when he was run over by an Amtrak train in Central City early Saturday morning.  

Marion County Deputy Coroner Doug Krutsinger says Travis Short of Dean Street was laying across the Canadian National tracks behind the Salvation Army on South Commercial Street when he was struck by the northbound Amtrak that had just left the Centralia Depot.  Krutsinger says the train crew sounded the horn and went into an emergency brake, but was unable to avoid hitting Short.    Short never gave any indication he heard the train coming.   

Short was struck around four Saturday morning and was pronounced dead on the scene a short time later.   

Krutsinger says Short had been at a friend's house in Central City earlier and may have been on his way home.  Toxicology samples were taken that may provide further information on what may have led to Short's death.  He leaves behind a wife and three year old son.  

Krutsinger says the train was moving at about 47 miles an hour when the emergency brake was applied and the train was estimated to be traveling at 35 miles an hour when Short was struck.  There were nearly 300 on the Amtrak train.  The train was delayed about three and a half hours while the accident was investigated before continuing its route to Chicago.    

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