A man was hit and killed by a Metra train near the Fifth Avenue train station on Friday. The man was lated identified as Andrew Adams, 67, of Naperville. | Terence Guider-Shaw~For Sun-Times
A man was killed after being hit by a westbound commuter train at 5:22 p.m. Friday on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway tracks east of the Metra station near downtown Naperville.
Metra Media Relations Specialist Meg Reile confirmed that the man was killed. She said it is not known at this time “whether it was an accident or suicide.” The name of the man is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of his family.
According to Metra, the incident involved Train 1247 out of Chicago. It was able to proceed on to Aurora about an hour after the incident, Reile said.
Some trains were delayed, but service is now back to normal, she said.
Naperville police were at the scene gathering information about the incident, which happened about 500 feet east of the Loomis Street pedestrian crossing.
“Upon arriving, police units were advised that a male subject had crossed the tracks as a westbound commuter train was approaching. Unable to stop, the train struck and killed the individual,” Naperville police said in a statement about the incident.
This is the fourth time someone has been killed by a Metra train in Naperville in the last four months.
A 49-year-old man from Naperville’s far southeast side killed himself May 25 by walking in front of a Chicago-bound Metra train as it passed through the Naperville depot.
On July 29, Jonathan Kaden, a student at Naperville Central High School, was hit and killed by a train on a stretch of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway tracks east of the Columbia Street overpass, between the Naperville Country Club and the city’s Spring Hill neighborhood.
On Sept. 15, a 50-year-old Naperville man walked in front of a Metra train at the station downtown and was killed.
Reile said it can be difficult to find a pattern to tragedies such as the four that have happened in Naperville recently. The emotions from the incident on Friday, though, are very real.
“I feel horrible for the loved ones,” she said. “Someone lost a family member today.”