Tragic End For Missing Man
Bobby Bailey was only 30 years old.
He lived in a group home in Jefferson City, where he went missing on July 8. No one knew where Bailey went.
"A little after 3 a.m. Osage County authorities, the Sheriff's department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol were contacted by, I believe, Union Pacific Railroad in reference to a train collision with an individual in Osage County," said Jefferson City Police Captain Doug Showmaker.
The Osage County Sheriff's Department was unavailable for comment, but it was confirmed that Bailey was killed on tracks in Osage County.
Bailey was struck by a westbound train about five miles outside of Chamois in Osage County, about 40 miles from Bailey's home.
Union Pacific officials say crews are trained to be observant, but when the train is in motion, there is little they can do to stop.
"A train that's moving takes a long distance to stop, so once an object is identified on the track we do sound the horns and then we do the best that we can," Union Pacific spokesperson James Barnes said. "But unfortunately, these trains cannot stop on a dime."
Authorities believe Bailey intentionally stepped in front of the train.
Union Pacific officials say there will be further investigation into the incident.
Union Pacific reminds people to stay off of the railroads. If you must cross a railroad, they recommend you do so at intersections with lights and gates to warn you of oncoming trains.