07/02/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, USA // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan
Bartlett, IL—A man succumbed to his traumatic injuries about an hour after an inbound Metra train struck him Thursday night, July 1, 2010. The train-pedestrian collision occurred at the junction of South Oak Street and West Railroad Avenue at approximately 11 p.m., according to information provided by the Chicago Sun-Times.
Reports indicated inbound Metra train No. 2256 slammed into 40-year-old Streamwood resident Michael Wojciechowski in northwest suburban Bartlett, Illinois.
The pedestrian was rushed to St. Alexius Medical Center from the crash scene, located near the Bartlett Metra Station, shortly after the crash.
According to a spokesperson for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, Wojciechowski was pronounced dead at 12:02 a.m. Friday.
The unidentified spokesman reportedly seemed to believe the cause of the accident might have been suicide.
The Union Station-bound Metra train was apparently stalled at the Bartlett Metra Station as of 1 a.m.
Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) statistics indicated there were 1,880 highway-rail collisions in 2009, with 248 fatalities reported in connection with the crashes.
In Illinois alone, there were 101 highway-rail accidents, resulting in 17 fatalities.
Investigations are expected to be underway.
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