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Train strikes pedestrian in Wheaton

Published: Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 9:47 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 8:58 p.m. CDT
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(Nathan Lurz - nlurz@shawmedia.com)
A body was found the morning of Aug. 29 on the train tracks between the Wheaton and College Avenue Metra stations.

WHEATON – The body of a man who was struck by a train was discovered on the tracks in Wheaton, temporarily halting Metra service for morning commuters.

At about 7:45 a.m. Aug. 29, an eastbound freight train reportedly struck a pedestrian near North Hale Street and the Union Pacific railroad tracks, according to a news release from the Wheaton Police Department. There is no railroad crossing at the location of the crash.

The body of a 37-year-old man was discovered on the middle tracks between North President and Chase streets, the release said. The victim was determined to be dead at the scene and the crash remains under investigation.

The tracks were closed for more than an hour due to police activity, according to Metra spokesperson Tom Miller. Trains are now operating through Wheaton, but are running are behind schedule.

Reporter Nathan Lurz contributed to this story.

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