BOURBON – Douglas County authorities are investigating the death of a Springfield man killed when his truck was hit by a train Thursday in western Douglas County.
Douglas County Coroner Joe Victor said John C. Cisna, 73, was in the county to pick up horses he had purchased in Bourbon.
The collision between the Union Pacific train and Mr. Cisna's pickup occurred at 6:52 p.m. near county roads 600 N and 575 E.
Mr. Cisna's truck, pulling an empty horse trailer, was pushed about a mile east of the crossing. He was the only occupant.
"The train (employees) indicated they made eye contact just before the collision and put the train in full emergency stop," said Victor.
Douglas County Sheriff Charlie McGrew said there are no arms at that crossing but there are warning lights that were working and were on when Mr. Cisna pulled onto the tracks.
No one on the train was injured.
Mr. Cisna remained in the truck, which was heavily damaged. Victor said there was no way to tell if the truck had an engine problem. An autopsy was planned for Friday.
Victor said Mr. Cisna and his wife were married 55 years.