Le Mars Man Killed By Train (Updated)


(Le Mars) — A Le Mars man has died as a result of injuries suffered after being struck by an Union Pacific train.  The accident was reported at about 12:14 a.m. early Sunday morning.  According to the investigation, the accident victim, has been identified as 30-year old Kyle Beach.  Train conductors say Beach was lying on the railroad tracks when they spotted him and began using their emergency braking procedures.  The train was unable to stop in time, resulting in the subject being struck by the train.  The accident happened at the 100 block of 1st Avenue Southwest behind the Le Mars Public Library.  The Union Pacific train was heading northbound when the accident had happened.  The train consisted of 83 cars, mainly of grain hopper cars.  Le Mars Fire Chief Dave Schipper responded to the scene and explains what happened.

The train remained at Le Mars for more than four and a half hours, blocking each city street crossing from Fareway to Hy Vee while officials conducted their investigation.  Responding to the accident were the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department, Le Mars Ambulance, Le Mars Police Department, Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office, and Union Pacific rail officials.  The Le Mars Police Department along with Union Pacific Rail authorities are investigating the accident.