KC Man Killed When Amtrak Train Strikes FedEx Truck
A Kansas City man was killed after being struck by an Amtrak passenger train Tuesday morning in Cass County.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that a northbound 2022 Ford FCO (FedEx) truck driven by 34-year-old Patrick E. Metz of Kansas City, failed to stop at a stop sign and traveled into the path of an eastbound Amtrak Charger SC-44 Train Engine, driven by 54-year-old Matthew D. Podnar of O'Fallon, Ill., around 9:20 a.m., at Herford Road, south of Smart Road (northwest of Pleasant Hill).
The front of the train struck the driver's side of the Ford, causing the driver to be ejected from his vehicle. Metz was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, according to the report.
Metz was pronounced dead at the scene by Pleasant Hill Firefighter and EMT James Rossiter at 9:45 a.m.
Cass County Deputies, Union Pacific Police, Amtrak Police, and Pleasant Hill Police assisted the six Troopers on scene.
No one on the train was hurt, according to the Cass County Sherriff's Department,