On 05-24-22 at approximately 11:29 a.m., City of Carbondale police officers responded to the railroad tracks between the 400 block of North Washington Street and North Illinois Avenue in reference to a report of pedestrian struck by a train. On 05-26-22 the police department learned the pedestrian struck by the train, Michael L Sykes-Branch, 22 of Carbondale, passed away in a St. Louis area hospital. At this point in the investigation, there is not any evidence to support any foul play is involved. The death investigation is ongoing.
Prior Release on 05-24-22
On 05-24-22 at approximately 11:29 a.m., City of Carbondale police officers responded to the railroad tracks between the 400 block of North Washington Street and North Illinois Avenue in reference to a report of pedestrian struck by a train. Officers immediately began providing life-saving medical treatment to the pedestrian. The Jackson County Ambulance Service also treated and drove the pedestrian to the Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. The victim was later transferred to a St. Louis hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. The crash caused all railroad crossings to be closed for approximately an hour because of the train blocking the crossings to through traffic. The name of the pedestrian is not being released at this time in order to make notifications to family. The investigation is active and ongoing.
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