Man Killed By Train in Galesburg Was A War Veteran

By WEEK Producer

December 2, 2010 Updated Dec 2, 2010 at 11:23 PM CDT

We are learning more about the man struck and killed in a train accident in Galesburg early Wednesday morning.

Wesley Tingley, 22, was a decorated Afghanistan War veteran.

He returned from a year-long tour of duty in July of 2009 and was living in Galesburg.

Shawn Moore served in the 178th Infantry Battalion out of Bartonville with Tingley.

He says he saw him just last month at training and that he was in high spirits then.

"He was a good soldier, he was a combat veteran in Afghanistan. He received the Army Commendation Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal," said Moore, a Staff Sgt. with the Army National Guard. "He was a good solider, good leader, good person."

Authorities are still investigating the accident.

The train engineer says he sounded the horn several times but Tingley failed to move away.

Police say he had reportedly been drinking alcohol prior to the accident.

There is no word on funeral services.

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