A man was struck and killed by a Metra BNSF train this morning in Downers Grove, police said.
The man was hit by an eastbound train traveling on the southernmost tracks at Forest Avenue just before 10 a.m., according to Downers Grove Police Lt. Mike Willison. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Willison said.
Forest Avenue, which is just to the west of the village's busy Main Street stop, is equipped with crossing gates to the north and south, Willison said.
According to a press release from the police, their preliminary investigation has found that a man walked around crossing gates there and that witnesses said the crossing gates were down and functioning at the time.
Police said their investigation is ongoing and that the department is not releasing the victim's name pending notification of family.
The incident occurred about 9:45 a.m., a Metra spokeswoman said. The train had been scheduled to arrive at Chicago's Union Station at 10:47 a.m. but was cancelled following the incident.
The next inbound train, Train 1264, accomodated passengers from Train 1262, the one that hit the pedestrian and was running 15-20 minutes late. Service has since been restored. Check the Metra Web site for updates.
It was the second time within 24 hours that schedules on the west suburban line had been affected by an accident involving a train and a pedestrian. Monday afternoon, a person was killed near the West Hinsdale station in Hinsdale, four stops east of the Downers Grove Main Street station.
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