Update, 3:22 p.m. Aug. 29:
The DuPage County Coroner has released the name of the 37-year-old man that police said was struck and killed by a freight train Thursday morning.
Darren Schumacher of Wheaton was found laying near the Union Pacific Railroad tracks at the Washington Street crossing, according to a statement from the Coroner's Office.
The Wheaton police and fire departments were contacted at about 7:43 a.m. Thursday. Wheaton fire personnel confirmed Schumacher's death at 8:07 a.m. The Coroner's Office arrived at the scene a short time later, the statement said.
After a scene investigation was completed, Schumacher's body was taken to the Coroner's Office for additional investigation.
No further information will be released until the investigation is completed, officials said.
Original Story:An eastbound freight train on the Union Pacific West Line struck and killed a 37-year-old man in Wheaton on Thursday morning. His body was found a mile away from where he was hit, the Chicago Tribune reports.
According to the paper, the incident occurred at around 7:45 a.m. near North Hale Street—where there is no railroad crossing—and the man’s body was found soon after between Chase and President streets, next to the Wheaton College campus and McCully Stadium.
The tracks were closed for an hour for an investigation. They have since reopened but were still running about 15 minutes behind schedule as of 11:30 a.m., according to Metra.
The incident is under investigation and the victim has not been identified.