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Brighton Man Struck and Killed by Freight Train

Kevin Killeen
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BRIGHTON, ILL–(KMOX)–A Union Pacific freight train in the night came upon a man lying on the tracks — hitting the brakes and sounding the horn — but it was too late. Killed was 28-year old Richard West of Brighton.

It happened around four o’clock Thursday morning just north of Brighton, a town some ten miles north of Alton.

“We’re doing some more follow up investigation to find out what has been going on with this young man,” said Brighton Police Chief Pete Leverett, “Background information on him just trying to go back through his movements for the day or for the week to find out what has led up to this.”

Police says they was no indication of West’s intent or state of mind. He was described as “gainfully employed,” working at the H and B Ham plant in Brighton and running Burns Wild Game Processing in Godfrey.

Police say West had been previously married. There was no word on whether he had any children. Police say West and his family have lived in Brighton for some time.

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