ID Released of Man Struck by Train in Downer's Grove

Pedestrian was hit at about 9:45 a.m. Tuesday at Forest Avenue near the Main Street station

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    Metra officials say no new safety measures are planned despite the deaths of five pedestrians so far this month at guard crossings. Sandra Endo reports.

    A pedestrian struck and killed Tuesday morning on Metra's BNSF line near a west suburban Downers Grove station was identified Friday as David Conrad Jr.

    Officials said preliminary information suggested the 21-year-old may have intentionally walked in front of the oncoming train.

    Inbound Train #1262, scheduled to arrive in Chicago at 10:47 a.m., struck Conrad at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday at Forest Avenue near the Main Street station, Lt. Mike Wilson said.

    Conrad was pronounced dead at the scene.

    A day earlier, a train on the BNSF line fatally struck a person near the West Hinsdale station. The train was passing through Hinsdale around 2:20 p.m. when the pedestrian was hit.

    Trains were delayed for hours and large crowds formed at Union Station downtown, according to reports.

    Last week, a 56-year-old Bensenville woman rushing to get a head start on her day was struck and killed by a Metra train just steps west of the tracks near Addison Street.