Centralia man killed in crash with train early Saturday morning

CENTRALIA — A 45-year-old Centralia man was killed early Saturday morning when his vehicle struck the side of a train crossing Shattuc Road.

According to Clinton County Coroner Phillip Moss, Brian A. Starr was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:20 a.m. Saturday.
The Clinton County Sheriff’s Office says it received a report around 1:17 a.m. Saturday of a train vs. vehicle crash on Shattuc Road at Hugo Road. Upon their arrival, deputies found a heavily damaged pickup truck alongside the tracks. A check of the truck revealed a deceased man inside the truck that was later identified as Starr.

Hoffman firefighters were dispatched to the crash scene as was Clinton County EMA who was dispatched for traffic control.
Both Shattuc and Hugo roads closed for several hours for cleanup and crash reconstruction. The impact of the crash was apparently strong enough to knock the train off the tracks.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Obituary information for Brian Starr can be found here.