June 14, 2007

Autopsy Reveals Train Rider Died of Natural Causes

A California man apparently passed away in his sleep on the Amtrak train that made an emergency stop in Scotland County last week.

Richard Monte Joseph Cleary, 71, of Riverside, CA, suffered a cardiac event in his bed in the trainís sleeping car. He was discovered by train attendants who went to check on him when he did not appear for lunch.

According to the Edina Sentinel, Cleary was discovered as the Amtrak passenger train passed through Baring at mile post marker 289. The dispatcher was contacted and an emergency stop was then made in Gorin.

The report indicated that the tracks were closed from 11:32 a.m. to 12:29 p.m. as the Scotland County Ambulance service, Gorin First Responders and train personnel assisted Scotland County Coroner Ginny Monroe removing the body from the train.

Monroe reported an autopsy was performed on Monday, June 4th by medical examiner Eugenio Torres. It was determined that Cleary died of natural causes.

Cleary, a retired colonel in the United States Air Force was en route to Boston to attend his 50th class reunion at the University of Massachusetts.

The body was flown back to Riverside, CA, on June 7th where funeral services were scheduled for June 14th.

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