Identity of man killed by train released
The man who was hit and killed by a train in Fairfield Sunday morning has been identified as Mark Dean Kneeskern, 42, of West Des Moines.
The Fairfield Police Department is seeking information about Kneeskern’s whereabouts during his visit to Fairfield in order to establish a timeline of his activities. The police can be reached at 472-4146.
An employee of Burlington Northern – Santa Fe Railroad called 911 at 4:15 a.m. Sunday to report a train had hit someone on the railroad tracks in the Fairfield city limits. Emergency crews responded to the Ninth Street crossing.
Fairfield Police Capt. David Thomas said authorities do not know why Kneeskern was on the railroad tracks. He said they are waiting for the blood test to determine if there were any foreign substances in his system at the time, and that that process could take three to six weeks.