Scott County Coroner John Goble says 21-year-old Cory Ross was walking beside the train tracks off the bypass Thursday afternoon, listening to music on his cell phone, when he died.
"The train conductor laid on the horn, sounded the whistle and he never turned around. He said he did not turn his head toward the train," says Goble.
The conductor told Goble he slammed on brakes, but it was too late to keep from hitting Ross.
"He did not get run over. He was struck on the side and thrown clear of the train. However the impact of the train did kill him instantly I believe."
Goble says the 21-year-old was a bell ringer for the Salvation Army. He lived in Georgetown.