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Man dies after urinating on CTA tracks, falls on third rail

Updated: April 23, 2012 5:59PM

The death of an Indiana man who fell onto the electrified third rail at a CTA Purple Line station in north suburban Evanston Sunday was ruled an accident.

The man was on the CTA Purple Line South Station platform at 601 South Blvd. in Evanston about 11 p.m. with two other people when he came into contact with the third rail, according to CTA spokeswoman Lambrini Lukidis.

Zachary McKee, 27, of the 4000 block of East 800 North in Ossian, Ind., was pronounced dead at Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston at 11:52 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

Police reviewed CTA surveillance video and determined he had climbed down to the tracks to urinate when he fell onto the third rail, according to a press release from the Evanston Police Department.

One of the two people the man was with ran down stairs to the booth at the entrance at the station and alerted the security guard on duty to the situation, Lukidis said. The security guard then called Evanston Police and Fire officials.

A Monday autopsy found McKee was electrocuted and ruled his death an accident, according to the medical examiner’s office.

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