Man dies after being struck by train

A 51-year-old Wichita man died early Thursday when a train struck him on the railroad tracks near Lincoln and Washington.

A preliminary investigation indicates that the man possibly fell into the path of the train around 5:30 a.m., police Lt. Randy Reynolds said.

A trash-collection worker noticed the man's body by the tracks while emptying a trash container and called 911 about 9:30 a.m. Thursday, police Lt. E.J. Bastian said.

The speed limit for trains on that section of track is 25 mph, Reynolds said.

It appears that the train engineers didn't know at the time that the train had struck the man, he said.

That section of track runs along an industrial corridor extending south from Kellogg.

Especially during warmer weather, a number of homeless people cross the track near where the man was hit, said a business owner in the industrial area, who did not want his name used.

Some homeless people gather scrap metal in the area, he said.

According to identification on the man, he had lived in Wichita. Police were not releasing his name Thursday.

The man died instantly when the train struck his head, Bastian said.