Metra train hits pedestrian in Wheaton

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

Melrose Park, IL

#133 Jun 7, 2008
You travel fast wrote:
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Your location is listed as 'Montvale, NJ'- wow you sure get around in a day!
What a brainiac! How do you know that is not his ISP location.

Exp: Sometimes mine will display Willowbrook or Atlanta, GA and I live nowhere near either.
metra rider

United States

#134 Jun 7, 2008
I was on that train and as a matter of fact,my car was next to his body.
I was within feet of the guy.
It was a suicide.Case closed.
There will be more as the economy takes a dive.
Curious Commuter

Hinsdale, IL

#135 Jun 7, 2008
Not to minimize the tragedy of a person deciding to end their life in a most desperate manner, I have to wonder if the timing of the act is not in some way a last-desperate effort for some kind of attention, or even a last act of defiance, that being their last action will disrupt the lives, albeit briefly of thousands of people. It is very sad, I have always wondered about motives of people who end their lives this way.
Curious Commuter

Hinsdale, IL

#136 Jun 7, 2008
Anonymous wrote:
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Myth, myth myth. You can *not* get "sucked into" a train. Period.
Amtrak's Acela Express maxes out at 150mph and passes through stations at speed. Watch this guy as he stands barely behind the yellow line to tape one of these trains going by:
http://youtube.com/watch...
Didn't even shake him.
Anyone standing next to a speeding train will verify that the force of the passing train will force air "AWAY" from and not towards the vehicle. The only time a vacuum could be created (and then only a very small one) would eb directly after the entire train had passed.
resident

Chicago, IL

#137 Jun 7, 2008
Curious Commuter wrote:
Not to minimize the tragedy of a person deciding to end their life in a most desperate manner, I have to wonder if the timing of the act is not in some way a last-desperate effort for some kind of attention, or even a last act of defiance, that being their last action will disrupt the lives, albeit briefly of thousands of people. It is very sad, I have always wondered about motives of people who end their lives this way.
I think it is people who have been extremely despondent and desperate for a very long time, trying their hardest to hold it together just to get to work for the day but then just totally lose it -- can't face life for even one more moment.

(It's also possible that the already depressed person is going into work knowing they're going to be ripped for failing at some project or even fired, and cannot face that.)

I don't really think other people even enter their minds which are already completely blackened, unless it's thoughts of their families: "They'll be better off without me."
West burbs blow

Orland Park, IL

#138 Jun 7, 2008
I feel guilty for being so selfish yesterday morning and only thinking of myself, how my plans are being delayed, how my time, money and life is being inconvenienced by (what was reported at the time) an accident at the Wheaton station, now apparently a suicide (a split second wrong decision). I know what it's like to watch someone leave for work and find out they were gone less than 30 minutes later. How cold of me to forget that now. Instead all I could think of is how times are tough, the cost of existing through the roof and getting worse by the day, I'm just trying to barely stay above water and get to a meeting that can help me do just that, and this prick effs that up for me? If I and everyone else took a step back for a moment, and realized we are all walking an uncertain stressful difficult path right now, offer one another a bit of regard and even the slight bit of fellow human support, perhaps some of us out there wouldn't be compelled to commit such fatal impulsive irreversible acts. Next time I see someone on the platform or train looking a bit down or distressed (might be me), I'm going to tell them they're not alone and all things change in time.
Mary

Chicago, IL

#140 Jun 8, 2008
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No, no I insist. The train must have had some enmity with this guy and decided to take revenge. So when it saw him on the platform, it decided to slow down, jump off the tracks and go after him. I bet that was what really happened. I blame Metra for running such intelligent engines.
Get a life! Did it ever occur to you that with the state of the economy people are tormented emotionally and financially, and for some, this is the easiest way out for them?
Mary

Chicago, IL

#141 Jun 8, 2008
Osama Bin Laden wrote:
hey kids daddy will not be coming home tonight
have a nice life
Shame on you! Be glad it's not your children.
Aimee

United States

#142 Aug 3, 2008
Pathetic that you all have to use the end of someone's life as a joke......at least be a little more respectful for the family.
come on

Evanston, IL

#143 Aug 26, 2008
ERIN wrote:
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Statistically speaking, many attempted suicides are failures. That said, this method is pretty much a guaranteed "success," if you will--and it's instant.
I feel horrible for the Engineers, and anyone who has to/had to witness.
The only failed suicide attempts are done by the people who really don't want to die. Those are cries for help. It would be easy to off yourself, in a clean manner, in your own home, without affecting the entire morning commute. Really.
Again - you check into a motel, with cash, you take 200 tylenol and a bottle of jack daniels, and you go to sleep. Ain't no one saving your butt.
Or, if you'd like to spare the hotel employees the trauma of finding you, then tell your spouse/family you're going to bed early and are super tired. Then take the pills and booze as directed above. You're a goner!
Psyche Doc

Flushing, NY

#144 Feb 23, 2010
drw312 wrote:
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Thatís what I was thinking.
I take the UP train from Winfield and know someone who was there when it happened. It was a suicide. The guy emptied his walet, handed over a wad of cash and jumped. Very very sad! As a mental health professional who deals with suicidal people everyday, people need to know that there is help out there and they don't need to do this.
Rocks Yer Skull

Hoffman Estates, IL

#145 Feb 25, 2010
simple solution. have Comrade Daly ban these evil trains. then we will be safe from ourselves!

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