Birdwatcher doing survey struck, killed by freight train in DuPage Co.


A bird watcher conducting wildlife research on the impact of trains in DuPage county was hit by a train and killed on Friday.

67 year-old Arlo Raim was hit by a southbound Canadian National freight train at around 7:30 a.m. Friday in a DuPage County forest preserve near Bartlett, said CN spokesman Patrick Waldron. Waldron said Raim was monitoring train impact on wildlife for the Natural History Survey, which is based at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The group was contracted by CN to survey the area, but Waldron said Raim was not authorized to be on the tracks.

Raim was monitoring the effect of increased train traffic on birds in Pratt's Wayne Woods forest preserve

Dawn Domrose, public information officer of the DuPage County Sheriff's Office, said police were contacted at 10:45 a.m. on Friday regarding the death.

She said the incident remains under investigation.

"We do a lot of education and stress that no one should be on railroad tracks," Waldron said.


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