Danville pedestrian struck, killed by train

By Pat Phillips

Tuesday December 23, 2008

DANVILLE A 67-year-old Danville man was struck and killed by a Norfolk & Southern train at around 8:30 p.m. Monday.

Witnesses said the man, identified as Curtis J. Bass, was trying to cross the tracks just east of Washington Street on Main Street. The man had been walking west on Main, according to Larry Thomason, Danville director of public safety.

The 65-car southbound train was sounding its horn, according to witnesses, Thomason added.

Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson released the identity at midmorning. She said an autopsy was scheduled for today.

"Whether he didn't hear the horn or what, we don't know at this time," Thomason said.

The Danville Police Department and Vermilion County coroner are continuing to investigate the accident. No further information was being released early Tuesday morning.

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