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By RHYS SAUNDERS (rhys.saunders@sj-r.com)


Posted May 30, 2009 @ 06:59 PM

Authorities have identified a 46-year-old man who was killed after being struck and dragged by a train near 15th Street and North Grand Avenue on Friday.

Harold Kruegar Jr. of Springfield died at 5:28 p.m. Friday at St. Johnís Hospitalís emergency room. He had a number of external and internal injuries, according to Sangamon County Coroner Susan Boone.

Kruegar, who was originally from Wisconsin, had been living in California prior to moving to Springfield.

Boone said it is believed Kruegar had lived in Springfield for about two years.

Kruegar tried to walk a bicycle across railroad tracks while wearing headphones about 4:20 p.m., according to police. He apparently didnít hear or see the train, which carried his body 50 feet or more down the tracks.


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