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.

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