Physical education teacher killed by train

By TOYA WEBB - (8 comment(s))

FOX RIVER GROVE – A 47-year-old physical education teacher from Fox River Grove was killed when he was hit by a train Friday morning.

Police said they found Thomas A. Bujnowski’s body shortly after 10 a.m. on the Union Pacific tracks between Lincoln Avenue and the trestle, near the Fox River Grove Metra station.

Fox River Grove Police Chief Robert Polston did not know the time the man was struck by the train nor whether it was an inbound or outbound train that killed Bujnowski.

Metra spokesman Patrick Waldron said there was no evidence to suggest that a Metra train hit a pedestrian in Fox River Grove on Friday morning.

“There are other trains that use those tracks,” he said.

The No. 611 outbound train and the No. 640 inbound trains were delayed for more than an hour as a result of the accident, Waldron added.

The eastbound line to Chicago was closed while police investigated the incident, Fox River Grove fire Capt. Don Kublank said.

Police are treating the fatality as a death investigation.

Fox River Grove residents said the sight of police officers and rescue workers near the tracks brought back sad memories.

Caroline Jones, 33, remembered the morning of Oct. 25, 1995, when seven Cary-Grove High School students died after a train crashed into their school bus at Algonquin Road and Route 14.

Fifteen-year-old Justin Glassmyer was struck and killed by a train on Oct. 25, 2006, at the same intersection, now known as Seven Angels Crossing.

Those incidents were less than a mile from where Friday’s fatality occurred.

“There is something about this section of the tracks,” Jones said as she looked down the tracks where the body was found. “Maybe there needs to be higher fences around the tracks or something, or maybe this is just a bad area.”        

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