Metra train hits pedestrian in Wheaton

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An outbound Metra train struck a pedestrian in Wheaton on Friday morning. The victim died, according to unofficial reports.

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Since: Dec 07

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Jun 6, 2008
 
This is the 5th or 6th accident involving a train this week. People please stay off the tracks and obey the warning signals
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#2
Jun 6, 2008
 
you read every day it is a metra or truck accident what is going on
Chicago area Jason

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#3
Jun 6, 2008
 
And at least the third in wheaton in the last 2 months
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#4
Jun 6, 2008
 
< sigh > i fear these incidents will only increase - no matter how much publicity these tragedies receive, the fact is that more and more people are turning to public transportation. many of these folks have little or no experience around train stations, and the immediate dangers of being unaware of your surroundings.
John Patrick

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#5
Jun 6, 2008
 
Some of these accidents may be suicides.
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#6
Jun 6, 2008
 
Are these people wearing Ipods and just not able to hear a train is coming??? Too many lately....
gotta be alert

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#8
Jun 6, 2008
 
Do not rush or you may get killed

Better late than never!
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Jun 6, 2008
 
John Patrick wrote:
Some of these accidents may be suicides.
The one in Lisle last week was a suicide.
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#10
Jun 6, 2008
 
such a shame
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#11
Jun 6, 2008
 
Looks like another Metra train jumped off the rails and hit some innocent pedestrian who was clearly walking on the sidewalk and wasn't anywhere they weren't supposed to be...
Hmmmmm

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#12
Jun 6, 2008
 
Back in the old days, trains used to have what they called 'cow catchers'. Its time to invent one that traps people....whom you would think were smarter than cows

Since: Feb 08

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#13
Jun 6, 2008
 
Condolences to the family. RIP. Whatever the reason these tragedies are occuring 3-4 per week.(It seems)

It is, as if, Train Engineers will need to receive "combat pay" as they risk PTSD while on the job.

If this is a reflection of the state of our economy...it is shocking! I remember some pretty difficult times during the 70's, 80's, and 90's with rampant inflation and massive layoffs. I do not remeber this kind of action: "suicide by train."

If this is careless behavior...we need to run Public Safety Announcements since more and more people are taking mass transit. Citizens need to get the big picture about TRAINS...hurling iron and steels...CAN NOT SWERVE...will KILL on contact with living beings.

Again, sincere condolences to this person family and friends.
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#15
Jun 6, 2008
 
I hardly believe these are all "accidents". I hate jumpers; these people are so inconsiderate, they delay everyone’s day and make them late to wherever they might be going that day. Not to mention the poor person who has to clean up your mess all over the place. Metra always calls it an "accident". IT’S A TRAIN! You can clearly see/hear it coming. Are some people's timing that off? I can understand an accident, but come on, there are way too many lately.
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#16
Jun 6, 2008
 
Pretty soon the number of people killed by Metra trains will catch up to the number murdered in Chicago.

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Since: May 08

Buffalo Grove, IL - HR-676!!!

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#17
Jun 6, 2008
 
The Captain wrote:
Looks like another Metra train jumped off the rails and hit some innocent pedestrian who was clearly walking on the sidewalk and wasn't anywhere they weren't supposed to be...
You took the words out of my mouth. We have to do something drastic to get those trains to stop getting off the tracks, hunting down, and killing innocent pedestrians !!!
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#18
Jun 6, 2008
 
How dumb do you have to be to get hit by a train?- stunods!
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#19
Jun 6, 2008
 
What you all are failing to realize is that these trains appear to go slower than they really are. I am beginning to think that these people are so swamped by economy that if thier suicide appear to be an accident then it would be easier for the families to collect.

Since: Dec 07

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#20
Jun 6, 2008
 
There have been TV shows where cameras were setup in the cab of trains to show how many times people try to beat the train both on foot and on/in a vehicle. People slow down and live.
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#22
Jun 6, 2008
 
Its all the trains faulyt. What can people do if the train jumps off the rails, follows someone and crashes into him? I Blame Metra.
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#23
Jun 6, 2008
 
John Patrick wrote:
Some of these accidents may be suicides.
Thats what I was thinking.

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