Pedestrian killed by train identified, name withheld pending notification of family

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STERLING — Whiteside County Sheriff John Booker said in a new release issued Wednesday afternoon that the identity of the pedestrian who was killed in the early morning is now known.

Booker said the person is a man. The name is being withheld pending notifications, he said..

Union Pacific Railway reported an incident on the tracks at 2:36 a.m. on Wednesday in the vicinity of U.S. Route 30 and Harvey Road in rural Sterling.

Deputies at the scene determined that a Union Pacific Railway train was traveling westbound on the south tracks and struck a pedestrian.

Also responding to the incident were Sterling Fire Department, CGH Ambulance, Coroner Joe McDonald and a representative of the railroad.

This story was updated at 3 p.m. Wednesday based on new information provided by Whiteside County Sheriff.

Troy Taylor

Troy E. Taylor

Was named editor for and the Gazette and Telegraph in 2021. An Illinois native, he has been a reporter or editor in daily newspapers since 1989.