Metra train hits pedestrian in Wheaton

Metra train hits pedestrian in Wheaton

There are 132 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jun 6, 2008, titled Metra train hits pedestrian in Wheaton. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

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

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Sign of the times

Glendale Heights, IL

#113 Jun 6, 2008
I think this is at least the third suicide-by-train this week. Its a sign of the times, and will only get worse.

The stock market tanked today, oil/gas at all time high, the job market in awful, mortgage foreclosures way up.

I predict we'll continue to see this sort of thing happen all to frequently in coming months.
Osama Bin Laden

Lake Zurich, IL

#114 Jun 6, 2008
hey kids daddy will not be coming home tonight
have a nice life
You travel fast

Glendale Heights, IL

#115 Jun 6, 2008
Nollster8 wrote:
I walked right by this guy on the Platform this morning. All I saw was the upper part of his body. It wasn't a great way to start the morning!!!
Your location is listed as 'Montvale, NJ'- wow you sure get around in a day!
Stop it

Chicago, IL

#116 Jun 6, 2008
Please stop jumping in front of the trains! It messes up the commute for everyone. I get paid by the hour and lose money everytime someone jumps in front of a train.
My two cents

Glendale Heights, IL

#117 Jun 6, 2008
Many Americans living in suburbia (myself included) have no experience with hard times the likes of which our grandparents experienced during the Great Depression.

For the most part, America has been greatly prosperous for a large number of people. The fact is, this is going to change and most have no ability to cope.

Forget about your big house with plasma TVs, luxury kitchens, fancy cars, etc. The gap between the working poor and the middle clase is going to become alot more narrow.

Sorry, the writing is on the wall. This sort of suicide will continue, I guess.
Bryce

Saint Charles, IL

#118 Jun 6, 2008
concerned wrote:
Do you people read the article before you comment. It clearly states the man was hit by the train in what appears to have been a suicide.
Do you read all the comments before you ask people if they read the article?

When are people going to realize that the Trib keeps updating the article as new info becomes available to them? So some people are commenting on the earlier versions of the story, such as the breaking news version, while others are commenting on the latter versions.
Delayed on Metra

United States

#119 Jun 6, 2008
I was on the train that hit him and was delayed two hours in getting to work. Several eyewitnesses saw the man walk onto the tracks and kneel down.

You want to feel sorry for someone? Feel sorry for the people who saw it happen over on the platform in front of the Wheaton train station. There were some people who were physically ill. Feel sorry for the train engineer who couldn't stop in time. Feel sorry for the people who had to look at the body in a bag on the tracks for two hours before the coroner showed up.

Condolences to the family.

Metra generally sucks and has plenty of issues they need to deal with, but this one was not their fault.
John

Mossyrock, WA

#120 Jun 6, 2008
What's the over/under on another 'jumper' before the end of the weekend? I say 3:1 odds in favor of a jumper, the jumper will lose (again), and it will be on the North-Central Line. Any takers?
blue

Niles, IL

#121 Jun 6, 2008
Mike wrote:
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Since when? Many of the "breaking" news items start out with very limited details that are fleshed out later in the day as more information becomes available and/or confirmed.
Not really.. there was no update to the accident that happened near Norwood Park a few days ago.
John

Mossyrock, WA

#122 Jun 6, 2008
blue wrote:
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Not really.. there was no update to the accident that happened near Norwood Park a few days ago.
It's entirely random. There probably wasn't anything interesting to say beyond the original details...or there was something more urgent to report, like a truck accident on the Edens Spur.
Knows A Bystander

Naperville, IL

#123 Jun 6, 2008
One of my co-workers was on the opposite platform this morning when this person was hit. She stated that she looked over and thought, is that man on the platform or on the tracks? She said it was clear to see that this man deliberately got on the tracks and kneeled down and that this was obviously intentional.
Knows A Bystander

Naperville, IL

#124 Jun 6, 2008
I work with a person who was opposite the platform when this occurred this morning. She said she looked over, saw the man, and thought to herself, is he on the platform or on the tracks? She said he then kneeled down and that his intentions were totally deliberate. Such a sad story, and she will have a hard time getting over what she saw over that.
nobody

Wheaton, IL

#125 Jun 6, 2008
midwest rail wrote:
< sigh > i fear these incidents will only increase - no matter how much publicity these tragedies receive, the fact is that more and more people are turning to public transportation. many of these folks have little or no experience around train stations, and the immediate dangers of being unaware of your surroundings.
he knelt down in front of the train right there on west street
nobody

Wheaton, IL

#126 Jun 6, 2008
John wrote:
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It's entirely random. There probably wasn't anything interesting to say beyond the original details...or there was something more urgent to report, like a truck accident on the Edens Spur.
three stops toward Chicago on this same line a freight train leaked animal fat for a couple miles which caused an even bigger mess
nobody

Wheaton, IL

#127 Jun 6, 2008
Chicago area Jason wrote:
And at least the third in wheaton in the last 2 months
yep April 4th Steven Kelly, April 9th Kurt Hanson, and last winter a girl layed down on the tracks right next to the Wheaton College Stadium, gettin to be like lovers leap over here
AnnonymousWheato nResident

Lombard, IL

#128 Jun 6, 2008
A friend of mine works for the Wheaton PD, and he told me a couple weeks ago that he's been on duty for 8 suicides by train in the four or five years that he's been working for them. That's no including the ones that have occurred during the other shifts. Most of them receive little if any publicity. He says it's usually at night and they choose the area right around the track switch so it doesn't hold up any road traffic. But it's not an entirely uncommon thing in Wheaton, it's just that few people ever find out about the jumps.
John

Mossyrock, WA

#129 Jun 7, 2008
nobody wrote:
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three stops toward Chicago on this same line a freight train leaked animal fat for a couple miles which caused an even bigger mess
Busy day for that reporter. Hope he at least has a 10-ride!
WTF

Palatine, IL

#130 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.
I just view this clip and I like the fact that there is a warning over the audio system. Maybe Metra should implement this on the platforms.

Warning: Train approaching/Passing-Please stand behind the yellow line.

Those that ignore the warning-well, can't do anything but scrape them up later. You can't stop those who are just h e l l bent on taking their own lives.
WTF

Palatine, IL

#131 Jun 7, 2008
anarky99 wrote:
can't suicidal people be more rational in their thinking and consider the psychological impact their suicide attempt has on all the normal people forced to watch?
Uh, Hello!

We are talking about someone who has made the conscience decision to take their own life. They don't give a d a m n about the impact their act will have on their fammilies, friend, bystanders, etc.

I have to agree with the other posters...this is a cowardly act and extremely selfish.

It is unfortunate that this guy felt death was his only escape out. I feel bad for the engineer of the train and those who had to witness this tragic event.
WTF

Palatine, IL

#132 Jun 7, 2008
Linda wrote:
mdss - my thinking exactly. If you're gonna do it - DON'T DO IT DURING RUSH HOUR! For God's sake, it's not like you have anything planned the rest of the day.
At least the dude from the lisle incident had the courtesy to take his nap on the track early in the afternoon. By the time the evening rush came-everything was nice & clean and folks were on their merry little way....

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