LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Louisville Metro Police are investigating the death of man who was hit by a train in the Shelby Park neighborhood Friday night. The coroner's office identified the victim as 44-year-old John E. Allen, who lived in the 900 block of E. Oak Street.
"You just heard errrr a screeching noise and then boom and then bloom bloom bloom bloom all the cars hitting back to back," said Danny Davis who was a block away.
Witnesses told people at the scene it looked like the man was picking up cans and tripped and fell on the tracks, but that's not what the conductor told police.
"He didn't have any reason to believe that the man wasn't aware that the train was not coming simply because I believe he sounded the horn," said LMPD spokesperson Alicia Smiley.
Smiley told us they are waiting on a toxicology report.
"We don't believe necessarily that he was staggering or anything of that nature, but again until we get the toxicology we won't know for certain," said Smiley.
An autopsy will be performed Saturday.
According to Bob Sullivan, a CSX spokesperson, the train with two locomotives and 50 freight cars was heading from Atlanta to Cincinnati. Sullivan said it was carrying a cargo of rocks.