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Bicyclist struck, killed by Amtrak train in Independence Friday

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Posted at 11:43 AM, Aug 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-19 12:43:44-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man riding a bicycle was struck and killed by an Amtrak train Friday afternoon in Independence, Missouri, police said.

Around 3:15 p.m., Independence police responded to the railroad tracks north of U.S. 24 and East Wilson Road. A man was riding a bicycle on the tracks when he was struck by a train, police said Monday morning.

The man’s name has not been released.

The Amtrak Missouri River Runner train was traveling from St. Louis to Kansas City, Amtrak said in a statement Friday. There were no injuries to the passengers or crew on board.

The train was delayed for about two hours after the incident.

“All individuals should exercise caution around railroad tracks and crossings,” Amtrak said in a statement. “Amtrak continues to work closely with Operation Lifesaver (OLI) to communicate the dangers of grade crossings.”

The police department’s Criminal Investigation Unit is investigating the crash.