Cause of Alsip train death questioned
July 30, 2013 1:04PM
Updated: September 1, 2013 6:26AM
The Cook County medical examiner’s office has determined that the death Monday night of an Alsip man who was struck by a freight train was a suicide, but Alsip police are questioning that finding.
Police Lt. Jay Miller said the death appeared to be accidental because the train engineer told police that he saw the man, who had an injured leg, try to cross the tracks before he was hit.
“He was trying to get off, but he couldn’t,” Miller said.
He said police are awaiting a videotape of the incident from CSX before coming to any final conclusions. He expected to review the tape sometime Wednesday.
The man, 48, who resided in the 12300 block of Kostner Avenue, was walking across train tracks in the 12200 block of Kostner Avenue when he was struck by a westbound train at 9:13 p.m. Monday, police said.
They said a preliminary investigation showed that the crossing and train safety equipment — including horns, bells and lights — were functioning at the time of the incident.
CSX spokeswoman Carla Groleau said the 23-car train remained at the site while authorities conducted their investigation and resumed its route about midnight.