Man struck, killed by Metra train in Downers Grove

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A man was struck and killed by Metra BNSF train in west suburban Downers Grove Tuesday morning.

Police say an eastbound train hit the man just before 10 a.m. Tuesday near the Forest Avenue Crossing.

He died at the scene but his name has not been released.

About an hour after the accident, passengers on the train involved in the incident were transferred to another train and continued on to Chicago.

Officials say the Forest Avenue Crossing does have crossing gates, but it’s not known whether they may have malfunctioned in any way.

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10 comments

  • Tired of Morons

    It's a train. You don't need crossing gates. You just need common sense to look. Just like when you cross the street.

  • Unexcusable

    I agree….there is no excuse for why a train hit you other than you shouldnt of been in its way. Its on a track for christ sake, it goes in a straight line!

  • Unexcusable

    Yes, my thoughts are with this family but its no ones fault but there own that this happened. it wasnt the trains fault.

  • Guest

    This is a tragedy for many people who were impacted. Handing out $300 tickets for crossing when gates are down can curb accidental incidents, but nothing can prevent suicide events. I am not suggesting what happened in this case. It is very unfortunate in any situation. In the end it is the responsibility of the individual to take care of themselves. A sad day and a sad week when thinking about how many have been hit just this week.

  • thinkingBeforeIblog

    Sadly, this was probably suicide. It happens this way a hand full of times each year in the burbs. It would take a very stupid person to not be aware of a loud speeding train in front of them(gates, lights, and bells nearby too)but an individual with issues/deranged thoughts could see this as a quick means to end it.

    Sorry for going there, don't want to offend any of those affected by this but logically, it makes more sense that the person had intent.

  • Guest

    This is a tragedy and a time of extreme grief for the family and friends of this young man. To speculate about it in any way is unnecessary, unfounded, and totally insensitive. Your time would be better spent in praying for this young man and those he left behind instead of making unsubstantiated, mean- spirited, judgemental statements. What a sad commentary on our society.