The Jasper County Sheriff's Department is investigating the death of a 38 year-old Rensselaer man, who was reportedly struck and killed by a freight train southeast of Fair Oaks near the village of Parr Thursday night.
Reports say, at around 8:50pm. sheriff's deputies responded to a call of a train versus a pickup crash near County Rd. 250 N and County Rd. 1000 W. Upon arrival police say a Chevy pickup was found on the railroad right of way with a male subject lying face down near the vehicle on the C-S-X railroad line.
An investigation has revealed that just before the 911 call and for reasons unknown at this time, a pickup operated by William Mason Jr., entered the railroad crossing and turned northwesterly onto the railroad tracks driving about thirty feet before becoming stuck in the track bed. At that time a south bound Union Pacific freight train was approaching the area upon which the engineer told investigators he saw a vehicle on the tracks and immediately began emergency braking procedures along with warning systems from the train.
Reportedly, the train was going about 15 miles per hour when it struck the passenger side of the pickup. Evidence at the scene indicates that Mason exited the passenger side of his vehicle into the path of the oncoming train. Reportedly, the impact pushed the truck off the tracks and throwing Mason onto the ground coming to rest near his truck.
Assisting the sheriff's department at the scene were the Jasper County Coroner's office which took charge of the victim’s remains, Rensselaer Fire Rescue, Prompt Medics, Indiana State Police and CSX Railroad Police.