A man walking down
the middle of the Norfolk Southern track in Chesterton was struck and killed
by a train on Sunday.
Coroner Chuck Harris identified the man as Stephen Grieger, 49, formerly of
Michigan City and currently homeless.
occurred approximately 200 feet east of the Norfolk Southern grade-crossing
at 15th Street, Chesterton Police said.
police, at 2:41 p.m. the engineer of an eastbound train which had just
switched from the south set of track to the north one observed a pedestrian
walking down the center of the north track, his back to the train.
sounded the horn but the man did not move from the track and was struck. His
body was located beneath a rail car, police said.
The train was
traveling at around 35 miles per hour at the time, police said.
Harris told the
Chesterton Tribune that no autopsy will be held but that a toxicology
screen will be conducted.
Harris added that
he has not yet ruled on the manner of death.