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Clarendon Hills Man Dies After Being Hit by BNSF Train in Hinsdale

Hinsdale Police Chief Brad Bloom said it appears the man intended to be struck; the train was carrying passengers and was passing through the West Hinsdale train station when it hit the man.

Updated at 8:31 p.m.

The 42-year-old man who died after he was struck by a Metra train passing through the West Hinsdale train station Monday afternoon was from Clarendon Hills, according to Hinsdale Police Chief Brad Bloom.

Bloom said Monday night that, though the department is waiting on a coroner's report, it appears based on witness accounts and surveillance video of the incident that the man intentionally stepped in front of the train.

"We can say fairly conclusively that it does not appear to be an accident," Bloom said.

Bloom said the train that hit the man at approximately 3 p.m. was traveling through the West Hinsdale station when it hit the man. The chief estimated the train, which was carrying commuters, would have been traveling around 30 mph through the station. 

The identity of the deceased has yet to be released by police.

6:34 p.m.

BNSF trains traveling between Chicago and Aurora are operating 15 to 78 minutes behind schedule Monday night after a man was fatally struck by an inbound Metra train near the West Hinsdale train station Monday afternoon, according to a 6:12 p.m. post on Metra's website

Here are specific trains that are delayed:

  • 1253 arrives Aurora 6:08 p.m.
  • 1259 arrives Aurora at 5:57 p.m.
  • 1261 arrives Rt 59 at 6:09 p.m.
  • 1265 arrive Fairview 5:53 p.m.
  • 1267 arrives Rt 59 at 6:03 p.m.
  • 1269 arrives Aurora at 6:20 p.m.
  • 1275 arrives Fairview at 6:24 p.m.
  • 1276 arrives Chicago at 5:27 p.m.
  • 1277 arrives Rt. 59 6:25 p.m.
  • 1281 arrives Aurora at 7:21 p.m.
  • 1288 arrives Chicago 6:42 p.m.

6 p.m.

The Hinsdale Police Department has released a brief statement on the death of a pedestrian who was struck by an inbound Metra train near the West Hinsdale station Monday afternoon.

It reads:

On this date at approximately 3 p.m., a pedestrian was fatally struck at the West Hinsdale train station by an inbound commuter train. The pedestrian, a 42-year-old male, was struck in the tracks as the train approached the [station]. No other vehicles or persons are believed to have been involved in this incident. 

Officials are continuing to determine the cause of the incident pending the investigation of the DuPage County Coroner’s Office. This is a death investigation and remains open at this time.  

Check back with Patch for updates.

5:48 p.m.

Deputy Chief Mark Wodka of the Hinsdale Police Department confirmed in an email that the man who died after being struck by an inbound Metra train in Hinsdale Monday afternoon was 42 years old. Wodka also said the man was pronounced dead on the scene. 

Wodka said earlier that a press release from the department is forthcoming. Check back with Patch for updates. 

Original story:

A male pedestrian was struck and killed by an eastbound Metra commuter train while crossing the tracks on foot at the West Hinsdale train station Monday afternoon, according to Hinsdale Police Department deputy chief Mark Wodka.

The incident took place at approximately 3 p.m. The Hinsdale Police Department and DuPage County Coroner's Office are investigating. 

"We’re not releasing the identity, pending the notification of family," Wodka said.

Wodka said he could not comment yet on what led to the man being struck.

Monday's is the second fatal pedestrian incident involving a BNSF Metra train this month. A 31-year-old Hickory Hills man was struck and killed by an inbound Metra train in Westmont on March 7.

Monday's incident is causing BNSF delays, according to Metra's website.

"Train #1268, scheduled to arrive Chicago at 3:47 p.m., is stopped near Hinsdale due to a pedestrian incident," the site read at 3:27 p.m. "This train will be delayed approximately 60-75 minutes. Metra will provide updated information as it becomes available."

Since that message, Metra has announced that BNSF trains traveling between Chicago and Aurora will be stopped upon the approach to Hinsdale, and the following trains are to be delayed 60 to 80 minutes:

  • #1237 to arrive Aurora at 3:58pm;
  • #1239 to arrive Aurora at 4:16pm;
  • #1241 to arrive Aurora at 4:41pm; and
  • #1270 to arrive Chicago at 4:44pm

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Jacob Metzger March 18, 2013 at 09:45 PM
Joe, I happen to know a BNSF emoloyee, and own a scanner. Sure, Metra is canceling all trains, but as my freind said "We gotta keep rolling". Amtrak 6 (westbound) was givin orders through West Hinsdale, 10 minuets ago "At forman speed (10 miles an hour) and heavy on the airhorn, they are lining up other freight trains on the CENTER track at this time (information via BNSF MOW Employee and BNSF East End)
Crystcraw March 18, 2013 at 10:20 PM
This is the second pedestrian struck by a Metra train within a month? WTF!
Crystcraw March 18, 2013 at 10:23 PM
...Within ten days!#$%&
mel j villicana March 18, 2013 at 10:53 PM
Rick someone died have some respect and dont be a Jerk
CTA March 19, 2013 at 08:23 AM
...and incidents like this will happen. We do have alternative modes to get downtown.
Liz H. March 19, 2013 at 03:26 PM
Just got word of another incident at Downers Main St. this morning. What the heck is going on in the western 'burbs???!!
Dg March 19, 2013 at 03:45 PM
I am on Amtrak stopped outside Downers. No updates. Announced we will move slowly thru the scene
Scott C. March 19, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Monorail. Elevated. Safe. Clean. No traffic/pedestrian issues. Thoughts are with all of the families involved.
Lauren Williamson (Editor) March 19, 2013 at 03:53 PM
Hi all, there was indeed another pedestrian incident this morning, this time in Downers Grove. We're providing updates here: http://patch.com/A-2S1J
Mouse March 19, 2013 at 05:02 PM
Have fun paying for all that Scott. Plus, it doesn't stop people like this from suicide-by-train. They just step off the platform into the path instead. This is tragic but the cause is not the train.
Kent Frederick March 19, 2013 at 05:49 PM
Getting downtown, yes. But, once you're downtown, getting home isn't as easy.
Scott C. March 19, 2013 at 06:13 PM
Mouse, you are right, they are very expensive. And even more so for a suburban line. And you're also right that suicide will find a way. I'm only looking at this from an (admittedly narrow) infrastructure/innovation standpoint and believe that an elevated suburban line unencumbered by rail traffic, malfunctioning crossing gates, people going around those gates (intentionally or otherwise), etc. would be an innovative solution. The future is going to see more rail traffic and more situations like this. Time to think innovation and future solutions. That's all.

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