Abingdon boy, 13, hit and killed by train



A 13-year-old Abingdon boy was killed Monday night by an Amtrak train while he tried to dislodge a go-cart from the tracks.

Abingdon Police Chief Fred Andrews said Shawn E. Garzee and a cousin were riding bicycles and towing a nonoperating go-cart with a rope at about 8:55 p.m. Monday. When they tried to cross the Sanitary Road tracks near Jefferson Street, the go-cart got stuck.

Garzee got off his bicycle and was trying to dislodge the go-cart when the train hit him. The unnamed male cousin was not hurt.

Knox County Coroner Mark Thomas pronounced Garzee dead at about 9:25 p.m.

Garzee formerly lived in Cuba and Canton. Andrews said the boy was living with an aunt in Abingdon.

The train departed Galesburg at 8:38 p.m. for Quincy. Passengers were told a "trespasser" had been hit on the tracks. The train was stopped for about three hours and arrived in Quincy shortly after 1 a.m.

Andrews said the railroad crossing gates were functional at the time of the accident.