Lopez Christian Webster, 32, of Des Moines allegedly stabbed a man who lives just two blocks away from the East Grand Ave railroad crossing, WOI-DT reports.
Des Moines police say Webster then took off down the train tracks, making it to the crossing before he tried to jump between two moving train cars. Webster fell during the attempt and was killed by a north-bound train.
"Whatever he was trying to do, he wasn't successful in doing that," said Sgt. Jason Halifax of the Des Moines PD. "He slipped, or didn't make the jump, or didn't clear the jump and landed on the tracks where the train ran him over."
"He's actually cut in half by the train," Halifax added. "Physically cut in half by the train."