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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Search of railroad tracks fails to turn up victim

  • A search involving approximately 20 people, representing five different law enforcement and first responder agencies, failed to turn up a victim that the crew of a northbound train reported hitting late Thursday night in Palmyra.
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  • A search involving approximately 20 people, representing five different law enforcement and first responder agencies, failed to turn up a victim that the crew of a northbound train reported hitting late Thursday night in Palmyra.
    “They looked and looked last night and could not find any kind of evidence, other than the conductor or engineer saying he knows what it feels like when he hits something,” said Eddie Bogue, Palmyra police chief.
    The train, which was operating on the Burlington Northern tracks that run through the community, was reportedly equipped with a camera. However, it did not yield any information as to whether a person on foot was struck.
    “They don’t have it to where we can access it. They have to send it off to download for it to be accessible,” said Bogue.
    The location of the accident, which was called in at approximately 11:25 p.m., was believed to be near Ross and Ashland streets within Palmyra’s city limits. Bogue questioned the location where the incident reportedly occurred.
    “He got stopped between Ross and Church Street, which is just too short of a distance to get stopped,” said the police chief. “We’re thinking if he hit something it was out south of town before he got inside the city to be able to get stopped that quick. We looked and looked and looked up and down the tracks for a long way and never did come up with anything substantial that indicated he hit anything.”
    Air Evac arrived at the scene at about 11:40 p.m., and used its exterior lights to help searchers.
    “They ran the tracks with their lights from the middle of town out to the south,” said Ron Peer, assistant police chief.
    The search was halted at approximately 12:30 a.m. Friday.
    In addition to the Palmyra Police Department and Air Evac, personnel from the Missouri State Highway Patrol and Marion County Ambulance District helped with the search.

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