Lincoln, Neb. - A man who was hit and killed by a train has been identified as 56 year old Paul Bellew. Police are ruling it accidental.
Around 8:00 p.m. Monday, emergency crews were called to a pedestrian versus train accident.
According to Lincoln Police Captain Danny Reiten, witnesses and members of the train crew reported seeing a man crossing the tracks, west of North 35th Street, near Cornhusker Highway.
Reiten said the crossing has been designed to not require trains to sound their whistle as it passes. The crew on the train sounded their horn even though it was not required, because they realized the danger.
Police tell 10/11 News Bellew had crossed the tracks but stumbled backward onto the tracks. Police said he may have been under the influence of alcohol.
Bellew was taken to the hospital and died from his injuries just before 11:00 p.m.
Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railroad policy is to conduct their own investigation at any accident involving their equipment. The crossings at 35th and 40th Streets were closed by the blocked coal train while that investigation was conducted.
Paul Bellew was arrested January 25, 2013 for his role in a scheme known as "Operation Homeless". Police say he and two other men cashed fake checks at two Security First Banks. It cost the bank $21,137.
Bellew was also arrested in October 2009 for impersonating an officer after he told a 10 year old boy he was a cop.