Boy Fatally Struck by Train


February 16, 2009



A 14-year-old Chicago boy was fatally struck by a train Sunday night in south suburban Lansing.

Police responded to the area of the Canadian National Railway tracks just after 7 p.m. for a report of a person stuck by a train, according to a Lansing police release.

Responding officers learned the boy, identified as Christopher Davis, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office, was struck by an eastbound Amtrak train as he reportedly attempted to cross the tracks with some friends before the train arrived.

The train, No. 850 from Chicago to Indianapolis, struck the boy at 182nd Street and Torrence Avenue, according to Amtrak spokeswoman Vernae Graham.   

Davis, of 6750 S. May St., was pronounced dead on the scene at 7:33 p.m., according to the medical examiner’s office.

The train, which had 119 people on board, was delayed for two hours and 20 minutes, Graham said. There were no injuries to anyone on the train.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday and Lansing police are investigating the incident.