GALESBURG, Mich. (WOOD) — Police say a 16-year-old from Galesburg didn’t appear to see or hear an Amtrak train coming before it hit and killed him Monday evening.
Tyler Beischl was hit by the train around 6:50 p.m. near the intersection of Burgess Drive and Battle Creek Street in Galesburg.
“The impact threw him clear over to the other side of the intersection,” Galesburg Police Department Sgt. Jeff Heppler said.
Beischl’s brother and friends gathered Tuesday near the spot where he died.
“My brother’s gone. Only 16 and died young,” brother Markus Eberhard, 18, said. “I just want him back.”
They left a memorial: A crucifix, flowers and some small American flags with Beischl’s Sharpie-scrawled name on them.
Police say video from the train shows the Beischl appears not to have seen or heard it coming. He never looked up as he dragged his bike across the tracks.
Noise from nearby construction equipment could have prevented the 16-year-old from hearing the train, police say, but they may never know for certain why he didn’t see it.
Several other people in the area did seem to hear the train.
Across the street from where the incident happened, Rob Scears worked in his lawn Tuesday. Beischl often would have helped him.
He had struck up an unlikely friendship with Beischl. The teen stopped by after Scears bought the house and asked if he could help out with mowing and odd jobs.
“Best friend since I moved in here,” Scears said.
He said Beischl was working for him Monday and believes Beischl was coming to see him when the accident happened.
“I just stepped inside the garage for a second. I knew before I even stepped back out that it was him,” Scears said. “I don’t know why, I just knew. And I saw his twisted, mangled bike that we had just painted a couple of weeks ago on the other side of the tracks and they were pulling the sheet over him.”
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