Man's body found on Glenview tracks


November 7, 2008

The body of a man who was apparently hit by a train was spotted lying near railroad tracks in Glenview on Thursday morning.

Ross Gordon, 43, of 3009 Mary Kay Lane in Glenview, was killed by a train at 3100 Shermer Road, according to a Cook County Medical Examiner's office spokesman, who said Gordon was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:40 a.m. Thursday.

About 8:30 a.m., a train crew saw a body lying between two sets of tracks and contacted a Union Pacific dispatcher, who then notified Glenview police, according to Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis.

To determine what train may have hit the man, investigators looked at all the trains that traveled through the area during a three-hour window and determined an empty southbound coal train may have struck the man about 8 a.m., Davis said.

All information from an event recorder aboard that train was downloaded and is being reviewed. Information from several other trains was also collected.

The matter remains under investigation as of Friday morning and no solid determination of how the man was hit or which train is responsible has been made, Davis said.

All train traffic in the area was halted after the crash until about 10:45 a.m.

Davis said information indicating the man was in a vehicle when he was hit was not accurate.

An autopsy for Gordon is scheduled for later Friday.