According to Effingham authorities, around 12:10 a.m. Sunday, Todd Arnold, of Effingham, was walking across the Canadian National Railroad crossing at Jefferson Avenue in Effingham, when he was struck by a southbound Amtrak train. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Preliminary information shows the lights and gates at the crossing were operating properly.
Arnold was the assistant principal and athletic director at Altamont High School. He had organized the 83rd annual National Trail Conference Boys Basketball Tournament, which ended just hours before his death.