Updated: September 20, 2013 6:29AM
A Gary man was killed when he was run over by a coal train early Sunday morning on the property of the NIPSCO’s Michigan City Generating Station.
The body of 26-year-old Randall Williams was found on the tracks around 7 a.m. NICTD Transit Police Chief Bob Byrd said the coal train had come from Gary, so it’s possible he hopped the back of the train in Gary, but fell on the tracks and was killed at some point. The train arrived at the yard around 1:15 a.m. Sunday. Byrd said Michigan City Police and NICTD will be working with NIPSCO to review how the man gained entry. The gate to the railyard is only opened when a train arrives or departs.
Byrd said Williams had an extensive criminal history; he was arrested on a murder charge in 2010, but found not guilty a year later. He was charged with auto theft in 2013 and was a suspect in a stabbing.
The tracks are owned by NICTD, but the coal train is operated by private company South Shore Freight, who pays NICTD an fee to run trains on the track, Byrd said.