Search for vic­tim turns up noth­ing but cow­boy hat

Westside Eagle-Observer - - NEWS - By Randy Moll rmoll@nwadg.com

DE­CATUR — A search for a pos­si­ble vic­tim of a col­li­sion be­tween a train and a per­son on the tracks turned up noth­ing but a cow­boy hat on Satur­day night though mul­ti­ple agen­cies joined in the search for a pos­si­ble vic­tim.

Lo­cal po­lice and sher­iff’s deputies and fire depart­ment per­son­nel searched an area of the Kansas City South­ern tracks near the Y-City in­ter­sec­tion and north shortly af­ter 9 p.m. on Satur­day when a re­port was re­ceived that a train had pos­si­bly hit a pedes­trian on the tracks.

The ex­ten­sive search in­cluded a he­li­copter and a K-9, but the only thing found was a cow­boy hat, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion re­ceived from a sher­iff’s of­fice spokesman on Mon­day.

Ac­cord­ing to Fed­eral Rail­road Ad­min­is­tra­tion sta­tis­tics, 909 pedes­trian rail tres­pass ca­su­al­ties (fatal­i­ties and in­juries) oc­curred in the U.S. dur­ing 2015.

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