Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Detective Sergeant Ambrose Banta was struck and killed by a train at the North Belmont Avenue crossing in Indianapolis.
While walking along the tracks, a switch engine backed onto him. His body was discovered only after several cars had been switched to a siding and taken to City Hospital in Indianapolis where he was pronounced dead.
Detective Sergeant Banta had previously served as sheriff in Fountain County after being elected to two terms. He was survived by his wife, two sons, three daughters, three brothers, two sisters and mother.
The responsibilities of the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway Police Department (1889–1930) are now under the jurisdiction of the CSX Transportation Railroad Police Department.