On arrival they found a 38 year old male subject pinned under the front end of the train engine.
The Wisconsin & Southern trio of engines was switching tracks through the "Five Points" intersection and into the rail yard.
Witnesses revealed that the apparently despondant subject exited an eastbound car which was stopped and waiting at the crossing for the arms to rise.
The 38-year-old Janesville resident walked to the front of the slowly moving train and proceeded to lay down in front of it, laying on the tracks.
The conductor and engineer immediately braked the engine, but it took about 40 feet to stop.
The subject was struck by the "cowcatcher" on the front of the engine which pushed him that distance causing critical injuries.
He was extricated by Police and Fire personnel and transported to Mercy Hospital.The incident remains under investigation, however appears to have been a deliberate attempt at suicide based upon the victims prior statements and observed actions.