Man struck, killed by Amtrak train

May 26, 2007 (Lemont, IL) - A man believed to be in his 30s was struck and killed by an Amtrak train in southwest suburban Lemont on Saturday.

According to a spokesman for Cook County Medical Examiner's office, a man in his 30s was hit by an Amtrak train near Main Street and Kotlin Road in Lemont. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

The accident occurred about 5:50 p.m. on train tracks near Lemont, and not at a crossing or station, according to Amtrak spokeswoman Tracy Connell.

Amtrak train No. 305, carrying 147 passengers, was involved in the accident. The train departed Union Station in Chicago at 5:15 p.m. for St. Louis. As of 9:30 p.m. the train was still stopped on the tracks, Connell said. No one on the train was injured.

"We are waiting for the investigation to wrap-up before we start moving," Connell said.

A Lemont Fire Department dispatcher said the Cook County Sheriff's Police are handling the investigation. A spokeswoman for the sheriff's police could not be immediately reached.

Sun-Times News Group Wire Chicago Sun-Times 2007