UPDATE: Police identify man killed in Ottumwa train accident



In a press released issued around 3 p.m. Wednesday, Ottumwa Police Chief Tom McAndrew identified the victim as 22-year-old Duane Daniel Heifort, of Ottumwa.

First responders found Heifort west of Iowa Avenue. The case is under investigation.

KTVO will release more information as it becomes available.



One person has died as a result of a Wednesday morning train accident in Ottumwa.

Ottumwa Police Chief Tom McAndrew has confirmed that a male pedestrian was struck and killed by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train.

The man has been identified as Duane Daniel Heifort, 22, of Ottumwa.

The accident happened at the Iowa Avenue railroad crossing just before noon Wednesday.

BNSF Public Affairs Director Andy Williams told KTVO around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday that nine trains were holding as Ottumwa police officers continued to investigate the scene.

"Rail safety is important," Williams said. "People need to stop, look or listen...a fully loaded train takes more than a mile to stop."

McAndrew said the tracks were expected to be clear within two hours.

A pedestrian was struck by a train on Ottumwa's east end Wednesday morning.

Just before noon, first responders were called to the Iowa Avenue railroad crossing.

That's just north of the JBS plant.

A firefighter on the scene confirmed that a person had been hit by a BNSF train.

What isn't certain at this time is how serious those injuries might be.

Ottumwa police and Ottumwa firefighters were still on the scene at 11:55 a.m.

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