Belleville man killed by MetroLink train was standing on track when hit



Authorities have released the identity of a man killed Sunday morning when he was hit by a MetroLink train on the outskirts of Belleville.


St. Clair County Coroner Rick Stone said the dead man is Kyle Hemann, 27, of Belleville.


Hemann, who lived on Franklin Street, was hit by a MetroLink train about 7:30 a.m. near Dutch Hollow Road and Illinois 161.


Police have said Hemann's vehicle was found Sunday at Big Daddy's tavern in downtown Belleville, and that friends had taken his car keys away because he was intoxicated.


A friend said Hemann and others went from Big Daddyıs to a bar in St. Louis. The friend said Hemann's keys were taken from him at the St. Louis bar, then Hemann somehow got separated from the group, and he returned to Illinois on his own,­ possibly on MetroLink.


Stone said the man, who died of multiple injuries, apparently was standing on the track.


"Apparently the conductor blew the whistle approximately five times, and he never responded," Stone said.


Hemann, formerly of Germantown, was a Web programmer at in Belleville, and he previously was a Web programming specialist at Kaskaskia College.


Moss Funeral Home in Germantown is in charge of arrangements. Funeral and obituary information is available at