Pedestrian struck, killed by Metra train near Naperville


February 12, 2009


NAPERVILLE -- A Metra train fatally struck an Aurora man early Thursday near Naperville.

Metra Burlington Northern Santa Fe train No. 1299 from Chicago to Aurora fatally struck a male pedestrian near West Ogden Avenue and North Aurora Road just before the train was scheduled to arrive at the Route 59 Station, 1090 N. Illinois Route 59, at 12:42 a.m., Metra spokesman Michael Gillis said.

The DuPage County Coroner’s office has identified the pedestrian as James Hanold, 49, of Aurora, a coroner’s office spokeswoman said. Hanold was pronounced dead at 2:30 a.m. on the scene.

The manner of death will be determined pending conclusion of an investigation. No autopsy will be conducted, the spokeswoman said.

Trains No. 1299 and 1325 were delayed “more than an hour” but normal service has been restored and there will be no problems with the morning rush, Gillis said.

Investigators temporarily blocked all three tracks early Thursday. Metra police and the DuPage County Sheriff’s police are probing the incident.

Nobody else was injured, Gillis said.

The accident site is a Naperville address but it is DuPage County Sheriff's jurisdiction, according to a Naperville police dispatcher.