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.