Friends remember Corydon man killed by train
CORYDON, In (WDRB) --
A southern Indiana man is dead, after his truck was mangled by a train Tuesday.
It happened just after 2 at the railroad crossing in Ramsey across from North Harrison High School.
The accident forced Indiana State Police to shut down State Road 64 for two hours.
WDRB discovered this tragic accident claimed the life of a man who touched many lives in his community.
54-year-old Kenneth Allen Downey of Corydon was the driver. He was pronounced dead on scene.
He was a longtime employee of the Ramsey Water Company and a boy scout troop leader in Corydon.
Officials believe he was on his routine work route and didn't see the train coming.
"The train was using its horn, the bells and whistles were all working properly," said Trooper Chris Tucker with Indiana State Police.
The intersection, which is SR 64 and Crosby Road has no stop arm. Officials say that's common in a rural community like Ramsey.
A devoted father, husband and a Christian man. That's how those who knew Downey describe him.
Eric Yates was friends with Downey for 15 years.
"He's been with me in scouting through camp outs and all kinds of events and he was always there to help, Yates told WDRB.
Yates says this is a loss for the entire community.
"He helped us through scouting, we do a car wash with the motorcycles that ride to the wall, we have a joy prom every year, he helps us down on the square. Any community event, he was always first one to be there."
Downey was also an active member of the First Capitol Christian Church in Corydon.
"He was our Santa Claus every year. He was a giant, just a huge man, a gentle man," said Yates.
Indiana State Police is handling the investigation.
Funeral arrangements for Downey are still being made.
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