Authorities today were trying to determine what two men were doing on railroad tracks near the Chicago-Cicero border late Monday night when they were struck by a Metra train and killed.
The outbound train on the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe line was en route to Aurora when it struck the two men about 11:50 p.m. near the 4200 block of Ogden Avenue, according to Metra officials and Chicago police.
A 30-year-old man was dead at the scene, while the second man, 53, was taken to Stroger Hospital where he later died, said police spokesman Officer Ron Gaines.
A spokesman for the Cook County medical examiner’s office identified the 53-year-old as Marcial Garcia. The other man was not identified as of Tuesday evening.
Police had searched the area around the railroad tracks for a possible third victim, but found no one, Gaines said.
Metra spokesman Michael Gillis said the collision occurred on the tracks and not at a crossing.
Train 1299, which had been scheduled to arrive in Aurora at 12:55 a.m., was stopped at the scene for at least an hour so that authorities could investigate. The train was eventually canceled and passengers were put on the next train, arriving in Aurora an hour late, Gillis said.