Amtrak train strikes, kills man on tracks




BRAIDWOOD Police Monday were continuing their efforts to determine why an unidentified man struck and killed by an Amtrak train late Sunday was on the railroad tracks.

"It is unclear why the victim was on the tracks," said Acting Braidwood Chief of Police Brandon Myers. "The matter is still under investigation. At this point in time, there is no information that would allow us to determine if this was a suicide or just an unfortunate accident."

Information was also still being sought as to the identity of the victim. An autopsy was to be conducted Monday.

Braidwood officers were notified through their dispatch around 10:15 p.m. Sunday that the engineer of an Amtrak train had struck debris on the tracks. The engineer, at that time, speculated that it might have been a person lying on the tracks.

Braidwood Fire Department personnel and police officers quickly responded to the area one-quarter mile north of Illinois 113 in Braidwood and began a search. As the officers searched the train tracks, it became evident the train had, indeed, struck a person.

Braidwood Officer Allan Soucie immediately contacted Amtrak officials, as well as Union Pacific officials, to stop train traffic along those tracks. Soucie also called for assistance from the Will County Sheriff's Department Crime Scene Unit and the Will County Coroner's Office.

Will County supplied a canine unit in order to search for additional debris in an attempt to identify the male victim. No identification, however, was found.

The Amtrak train was en route to Chicago from St. Louis.

Amtrak spokesman Cliff Cole told the Associated Press there were 105 passengers on the train at the time. He says no passengers or crew members were injured.

The train was delayed until about 3:30 a.m. before continuing on to Chicago.




Daily Herald