The police chief in La Grange, Illinois, says that a BNSF Metra train coming out of Chicago struck and killed a pedestrian who was attempting to cross the track on foot last Tuesday evening. A BNSF spokesman says that the accident occurred around 7:25 p.m. when Metra train No. 1287 hit the 66-year-old man in the vicinity of the La Grange Road station. The accident halted trains in both directions as both the police and BNSF began their investigations.
The police chief confirmed that Metra train No. 1287 hit the man and then stopped at 7:47 p.m. near the Stone Avenue station. The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office later pronounced the man dead at the scene. Although the police were interviewing witnesses, the chief says foul play was not suspected in the man's death.
This tragic incident happened on the same day that police were making an effort to get the word out regarding pedestrian safety near railroad crossings. That effort included handing out fliers near the station stops ahead of the scheduled May 20 zero tolerance campaign targeting unsafe railroad crossing behavior and warning of $250 fines for people attempting to cross when trains are approaching.
Of course, this investigation is ongoing at this time, but the victim's family should also be taking their own steps to look into the loss of their loved one right now. They may want to know if the train operator was distracted or impaired at the time of the Metra accident. Additionally, the family members may want to learn about what their legal options are with regards towards recovering compensation for the loss of their loved one.
Source: La Grange Sun Times, "Man killed in Metra train accident in La Grange" No author given, May. 14, 2014