Pedestrian fatality at Metra crossing

Pedestrian fatality at Metra crossing

There are 22 comments on the Northwest Herald story from Jun 17, 2012, titled Pedestrian fatality at Metra crossing. In it, Northwest Herald reports that:

An inbound Metra train killed a pedestrian at the Route 14 and Cuba Road crossing this morning, Metra officials confirmed.

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Paul

Cary, IL

#1 Jun 17, 2012
I was on the train when the person was hit. The main engine was pushing the train backwards heading to Chicago. We were traveling in front car which made impact. The horn sounded, breaks were squealing and then a loud bang which dented the door into the car but was stopped by a safety latch. After he impact I heard which sounded like glass. I embraced my family hoping we were still on the tracks. Not knowing if we hit a car. We found out it was a person on a bike. After we stopped the persons glasses where even found inside the car on the floor. The glass sound was the dragging and gravel under the train I believe. Since we were close to the conductor we heard some of the conversations. It sounded like at first the person was stuck on the tracks? But it was heard the person just stayed where they were and took the impact. Good chance it was possibily a suicide. This is an unfortunate thing for all involved. It took 4 hours and 20 minutes in the train waiting. We never made our destination but was very happy to get off the train. Metra was very confused during he incident. Many of he conductors didn't even know how to work he the platform which was used for us to plank to the adjacent train. They didn't keep us informed of the updates and one even laughed when we asked him when we would be moving. It was very tough on all of the kids waiting that long. My prayers go out to the family and who lost someone today and also to all hat were delayed.
Luke

Melrose Park, IL

#3 Jun 17, 2012
Paul wrote:
I was on the train when the person was hit. The main engine was pushing the train backwards heading to Chicago. We were traveling in front car which made impact. The horn sounded, breaks were squealing and then a loud bang which dented the door into the car but was stopped by a safety latch. After he impact I heard which sounded like glass. I embraced my family hoping we were still on the tracks. Not knowing if we hit a car. We found out it was a person on a bike. After we stopped the persons glasses where even found inside the car on the floor. The glass sound was the dragging and gravel under the train I believe. Since we were close to the conductor we heard some of the conversations. It sounded like at first the person was stuck on the tracks? But it was heard the person just stayed where they were and took the impact. Good chance it was possibily a suicide. This is an unfortunate thing for all involved. It took 4 hours and 20 minutes in the train waiting. We never made our destination but was very happy to get off the train. Metra was very confused during he incident. Many of he conductors didn't even know how to work he the platform which was used for us to plank to the adjacent train. They didn't keep us informed of the updates and one even laughed when we asked him when we would be moving. It was very tough on all of the kids waiting that long. My prayers go out to the family and who lost someone today and also to all hat were delayed.
I was on an outbound train and we came up as this was happening. We were stopped for over an hour and when we started moving we passed and I could still see his body on the tracks part of his body ended up in the grass and a lot of his insodes were furthere down on the tracks. He was dragged quite far. Hope ur not as traumatized as I was.
Susan

Cary, IL

#4 Jun 18, 2012
I passed by this on my way to work, while a co worker was entering a driveway near the scene just after it happend she heard the other two cyclists saying, " I made it I thought he was waiting on the other side." They we besides themselves. I think what may have happened was not suicide but hot dogging bicyclist trying to beat the train. There are a lot of bicyclists who ride throughout Barrington Hills on the weekends. These guys love to ride the hills and perhaps the adreniline of keeping up with his mates may have impeded his judgement. So sorry for all who witnessed and the family.
kay

Winnetka, IL

#6 Jun 18, 2012
It was a suicide. He left a note in his bike pack near train. So sorry for all on train and witnesses as well as his family. There has been way too much of this in and around the Barrington community.
ECD

Barrington, IL

#7 Jun 18, 2012
Patty wrote:
It was rumored that a suicide note was found at the guys residence.
Patty stop staring that rumor! You should be ashamed of yourself . You live in Chicago how could you plausibly know something like that. This Was our neighbor and his family is in shock and grieving . Leave them alone with such malicious rumors.
CERT rider

Algonquin, IL

#8 Jun 18, 2012
Ack I hate I phone auto correct. Plus I must still be in abit of a shock over this.

To the person that states this person was your neighbor I am sorry to hear that. My condolences to you and the family.
Joanne

Elk Grove Village, IL

#9 Jun 18, 2012
My daughter was on this train and it was very traumatizing to her. She was going downtown to spend father's day with her dad and we drove by the scend on our way to Arlington Racetrack as well. The whole incident is very disturbing. I honestly hope it wasn't a suicide but I fear it may have been based on what she overheard. I want to know why
Mark

Darien, IL

#10 Jun 18, 2012
I was on the train. It was very sad and my condolences and prayers go out to the family and all of those affected. Also prayers to the poor conductor in the controller train at the front who had no choice, but to witness this. If this was was done by the victims choice, very senseless and no regard for everyone affected, including families on the train heading into the city for Father's Day. If it was accidental, I really hope we can find a way to make Metra safer. There are too many of these incidents. The conductors did a great job. It was hard for them also. Many of them were pretty new to working for Metra and have not experienced this before. They did their best to be helpful to the riders even though some riders were very rude to them. I hope Metra can come up with a better evacuation process in the future. We were stuck on the train for over 4 hours. An hour after the accident, an outbound train passed us slowly, they should have moved us on to that train and took us back to our points of origination. We really did not need to be sequestered on the train for that whole time. An extra thanks to Barrington Fire Department for bringing us water. They were great.
JKS

Saint Charles, IL

#11 Jun 18, 2012
[QUOTE who="There has been way too much of this in and around the Barrington community.[/QUOTE]
Yes there has. I lived in barrington for 5 1/2 yrs and couldn't have gotten out of that community fast enough with my kids after my divorce and my primary reason was how many felt this was there only option. Stepping in front of trains was far too common. My daughter was friends with this mans daughter in elementary school and My heart and thoughts and prayers are with she and the rest of her family... Truly a tragedy ...
Passer-by

Elmhurst, IL

#12 Jun 18, 2012
I drove by and saw the bike laying near the track..It didn't appear to be damaged. My first statement was, "Oh no, there's a bike, the rider must have been hit." But then I figured the bike was in such good shape it must have belonged to an official at the scene.
babyd

United States

#13 Jun 19, 2012
Joanne wrote:
My daughter was on this train and it was very traumatizing to her. She was going downtown to spend father's day with her dad and we drove by the scend on our way to Arlington Racetrack as well. The whole incident is very disturbing. I honestly hope it wasn't a suicide but I fear it may have been based on what she overheard. I want to know why
I have a feeling that your daughter sat next to us on the train that day and if so she was really upset by what happened. I hope she is doing ok now! My heart goes out to everyone who was affected by what happened...so very sad
Anonymous

Barrington, IL

#14 Jun 19, 2012
kay wrote:
It was a suicide. He left a note in his bike pack near train. So sorry for all on train and witnesses as well as his family. There has been way too much of this in and around the Barrington community.
Kay, you have no proof. It is a rumor about the note and only the family would know right now if it was a suicide. But the man that was killed was my friends father, she was devastated when it happened. She would always say the best things about him and now every fathers day she won't have a dad to celebrate it with, she will always remember that her father died on that day. Please don't start rumors of things you have no proof of.
Biker

Palatine, IL

#15 Jun 19, 2012
I was on my bike, stopped at the tracks, and unfortunately witnessed it all happen. To be honest, I'm thankful it wasn't a more crowded intersection with more witnesses. It's been hard to digest, reconcile, sleep. I keep thinking about his family and my thoughts and prayers are constantly with them.

I gave my statement to multiple Metra and local officials, but I would rather not share the details of what occurred out of respect for the family who have lost a loved one. I'm sorry if this isn't has helpful as some of you may like, but I just would feel awkward doing so.

I know the Metra delays were lengthy, and I feel bad for everyone on board. It was hard on the conductors that I talked to, too. A tough situation all around.

I did not know him, but somehow feel for some closure that I should, which is why I am commenting here asking for your help. If anyone comes across an obituary, could you please post a link?
Someone Who Cares

Hanover Park, IL

#16 Jun 19, 2012
He was a wonderful, decent, intelligent and loving family man. It is a very difficult circumstance to witness first hand, or even second or third. It is thoughtless and cruel to speculate on such a tragic event. Out of love and respect for his family and friends, please try to keep the comments as non judgemental as you would want them to be if this was your loved one and your family. My heart goes out to everyone that was affected by this terrible tragedy.
BMW

New Berlin, WI

#17 Jun 19, 2012
I was on the train too with my family. I'm just a teenage and I had to experience the whole and I hated it. My prayers go out to the family and friends and the other bikers tht had to see tht. My 6 year old cousin was crying most of the time and I have been having nightmares of the whole thing. I'm just hoping the family and friends can get through this.
CERT Rider

Algonquin, IL

#19 Jun 20, 2012
To whomever judged me off topic, sorry... The was an an emergency scene and I was giving a perspective from a trained responder as to what goes on outside of the public view.(sorry I was on my iPhone and still shook up)

To those that keep calling this a suicide. STOP, that is harmful to the family. Let it go.

To the person that stated they would like the obit for closure I am sure all of those impacted do as well. I also like that you are not going to say anything in a public forum about what you saw... AWESOME!

To all those that actually saw the event, I hope you get the counseling that I am sure you will need. Be it from a religious leader or from a Doc.

To all those impacted and even more so the family...
My prayers are out there for you. It is very tragic
Mick

Cary, IL

#20 Jun 20, 2012
My prayers go out to the family and friends of this man. I was on the train with my husband and 3 young children heading downtown for the day. We were riding in the front car and experienced this horrific tragedy! My daughter was very upset as were many others including myself. This day is something none of us will ever forget. I am still so saddened by this and can't seem to forget it. I don't even know the family, but think and pray for them often. After witnessing something such as this, you do want to know what happened and why. We all need closure and I feel a sense of obligation to this individual who will forever be a part of my families lives. I pass by this intersection quit often and my stomach turns and my eyes tear up. I will continue to pray for the family. My deepest sympathies to all of you!
Someone Who Cares

Hanover Park, IL

#21 Jun 20, 2012
Mick wrote:
My prayers go out to the family and friends of this man. I was on the train with my husband and 3 young children heading downtown for the day. We were riding in the front car and experienced this horrific tragedy! My daughter was very upset as were many others including myself. This day is something none of us will ever forget. I am still so saddened by this and can't seem to forget it. I don't even know the family, but think and pray for them often. After witnessing something such as this, you do want to know what happened and why. We all need closure and I feel a sense of obligation to this individual who will forever be a part of my families lives. I pass by this intersection quit often and my stomach turns and my eyes tear up. I will continue to pray for the family. My deepest sympathies to all of you!
Mick, I am so touched by how profoundly you and yor family and others have been affected by this tragedy. I don't know if there will ever be answers to our questions or even if there are answers. I think we have to do what we are doing by expressing our distress, grief and sadness and realizing that we are not alone in our pain. We can try to find something positive out of this by realizing how precious life is and by never taking our friends and loved ones for granted. I hope that you and your family find peace. I appreciate all the prayers and well wishes you have sent out to the victims family. Your kindness will help us all heal and hopefully will get you a step further to closure.
Biker

Palatine, IL

#23 Jun 22, 2012
Hi everyone. Has there been any obit or public update yet? I have been pretty affected by what I saw, and I feel any info might help. I think of his family all the time. Thanks.
Friend of the Family

Wheaton, IL

#24 Jun 22, 2012
Biker--so sorry for what you must be going through.. There has not been an obituary or public update, but the family is having private ceremonies this week--and many people supporting them. Just hope you are able to find the help you need through this:(

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