Campus / Community / News / September 16, 2013

Post-baccalaureate fellow found unconscious, injured on train tracks

A Knox post-baccalaureate fellow was reported injured after being found on railroad tracks north of campus, according to an alert issuedCampus Safety by Director of Campus Safety John Schlaf.

The alert was issued Monday via email and contained details of the incident and the student involved. According to the email, Zachary Paluch ’13 was last seen walking alone northwards on S. West St. at approximately 11:45 p.m. on Sunday night. About half an hour later, he was reported down by BNSF Railway workers and had been found “injured/unconscious,” the alert said. The Galesburg Police Department was notified and came in contact with Knox College Campus Safety at 2:15 a.m. on Monday morning.

Paluch has been transferred from Galesburg Cottage Hospital to St. Francis Hospital in Peoria, Ill., where he is receiving care in the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit. His family remains with them and, according to Schlaf’s alert, “expressed appreciation for the support they have received from his friends on the campus.”

The cause of Paluch’s injuries is still under investigation. Any person who may have additional information is encouraged to contact Campus Safety via their number, (309) 341-7979, email or their Silent Witness Program.

Chelsea Embree
Chelsea Embree is a senior majoring in creative writing and minoring in art history. She previously served as co-mosaic editor and as an arts and features reporter for TKS. During the summer of 2013, she served as a content intern at The St. Louis Beacon. Chelsea has studied under former Random House copy chief Sean Mills and taught writing as a teaching assistant for First-Year Preceptorial. An avid blogger, she has written extensively about youth in St. Louis and maintains a lively poetry and nonfiction blog on Tumblr. She is also the director of communications for Mortar Board and co-president of Terpsichore Dance Collective.

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