Police have identified the man who was hit and killed by a train early Thursday near 17th Street and Scott Avenue. A Union Pacific train hit the man at about 6 a.m. Police are not sure why he was on the tracks.

Police have identified the Independence man stuck and killed by a train in Independence early Wednesday.

Timothy E. Long was struck and killed by a westbound Union Pacific train early, according to Independence police.

At 5:33 a.m., officers arrived at the railroad tracks near the intersection of Winner Road and Forest Avenue.

An engineer for the train reported the incident, according to police spokesman Tom Gentry.

Long, 45, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a statement released by police.

Gentry said police are investigating, but that they don’t suspect foul play.

“Our heart goes out to the friends and family of this individual.”

The accident was investigated by the department’s investigation and crime scene unit along with Union Pacific and the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Authorities are continuing to investigate.