45-year-old Chenoa man killed when struck by train


A 45-year-old Chenoa resident was struck and killed by an Amtrak passenger train Sunday night in his hometown.

Jack J. Johns, of the 600 block of Spruce Street was pronounced dead at 10:16 p.m. He was hit by the northbound train at about 9:25 p.m. on tracks a quarter-mile south of U.S. Route 24 and east of U.S. Route 66.

McLean County Coroner Beth Kimmerling said Monday that Johns died from multiple injuries.

Results of forensic toxicology tests will be available in four to six weeks.

"There was alcohol at the scene," Kimmerling said.

When rescue workers found Johns, he had no obvious signs of life. The area is not lighted, and the nearest crossing gates are a quarter-mile away on Route 24.

Kimmerling said the train conductor saw an object on the track and sounded the train's horn. Investigators don't yet know if the conductor tried to stop or could stop before hitting Johns.

The McLean Sheriff's Department and Kimmerling's office are investigating the incident.