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Man struck, killed by train in Hinsdale

Investigators scene Stough Avenue where Metrtrastruck killed pedestrian. Passengers were still traan hour after incident. | Kimberly Fornek—Sun-Times Media

Investigators on the scene at Stough Avenue, where a Metra train struck and killed a pedestrian. Passengers were still on the train an hour after the incident. | Kimberly Fornek—Sun-Times Media

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Updated: May 20, 2013 2:18AM

HINSDALE — A 42-year-old Clarendon Hills man in was struck by a train and killed Monday afternoon near the West Hinsdale station.

The man was walking north across the tracks, at Stough Avenue, when he was struck by an eastbound express train, Police Chief Bradley Bloom said. The incident occurred at about 3 p.m.

“It appears to be an intentional act,” Bloom said Monday evening. Based on witness accounts and video from a security camera at the station platform, Bloom said it looked like the man knowingly walked in front of the train.

The police are not releasing his name until tomorrow, Bloom said, to give his family time to notify their relatives.

“No other vehicles or persons are believed to have been involved in this incident,” the police reported in a statement.

Passengers were still on the train that struck the pedestrian as of 4 p.m.

A woman witnessed the incident and talked to police, but was advised by police not to talk to reporters during the ongoing investigation. A BNSF worker told her to go home and hug her kids.

The Metra train was on its way to Union Station in Chicago at the time, Metra spokesman Michael Gillis said.

All inbound and outbound trains on the BNSF line were stopped on the approach to Hinsdale. By 3:50 p.m., trains started to run slowly through the area.

“That’s horrible,” said Debra Moran of Westmont, when she got off the train in downtown Hinsdale and learned someone had been killed on the track.

“There have been so many lately,” she said. “There was just one in Westmont.”

A 31-year-old Hickory Hills man was killed March 7 at Cass Avenue in Westmont.

“I don’t know what Metra can do,” Moran said, “if someone is going to walk in front of a train. The train can’t stop in time.”

“Obviously, it’s sad,” said Dick Berdelle of Clarendon Hills. “Unfortunately, it seems to be happening all too often. You can’t blame the railroad. I think Metra does a good job.”

Berdelle boarded the 5:10 p.m. train in Chicago’s Union Station to head home.

The train followed its normal schedule until it got close to La Grange.

“It started to slow down and then it stopped at the Highlands station (in Hinsdale). They told us it was going to be there for awhile. The trains were backed up. I waited awhile and then got off.”

Berdelle walked from the Highlands station to the downtown Hinsdale station.

“I don’t mind the walk, but the wind is pretty strong,” Berdelle said.

Metra was reporting delays from 90-120 minutes as a result of the incident. Metra urged passengers to stay downtown Chicago or consider using the Union Pacific West line out of Olgive Transportation Center, or seek other modes of transportation.

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