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Posted on Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 4:40 p.m.

Victim of fatal train crash buried Wednesday morning in Tennessee

By Danielle Arndt

Rudy Luna, 38, the victim of Friday’s fatal train-car accident, was buried this morning near Paris, Tenn.

A funeral service took place at 11 a.m. at the Paris Community of Christ Church, where Luna was a member, according to his obituary in the Paris Post.

Luna was born in Detroit and later moved to Paris with his mother, Debbie Lemonds. He returned to Michigan earlier this year, while his mother remained in Tennessee.

Luna lived with his fiancee, Nicole Chie, in Willis and worked at L&W Engineering in Belleville. He leaves behind two daughters, Sydney and Sarah Luna of Paris, and three sons, Jacob Luna of Paris, Austin Luna of Pittsburg, Kan., and Landon Chie of Willis, according to the obituary.

On Friday, police said Luna was traveling south on McKean Road and ran a stop sign at the railroad crossing. He was struck while crossing the tracks and his Nissan Pathfinder was totaled in the incident.

The conductor of the train did see Luna but could not stop on time, according to reports.

The accident remains under investigation, said Michigan State Police Trooper Duane Zook. Dave Pidgeon, spokesman for Norfolk-Southern, said the track speed near where is accident occurred is 40 mph.

Read the full obituary.

Staff reporter Danielle Arndt covers K-12 education for Follow her on Twitter @DanielleArndt or email her at


Blue Eyes

Thu, Dec 8, 2011 : 8:48 p.m.

It would have been nice if you'd posted the funeral arrangements BEFORE the funeral.