Police: Freight Train Fatality Apparent Suicide

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a freight train Wednesday night in Lombard.

Lombard police believe the 20-year-old female of Lombard that was killed after being committed suicide.

"It was not an accident," said Lombard Deputy Police Chief Pat Rollins. The DuPage County Coroner's Office confirmed the fatality but have not released the cause of death. 

The incident occurred at 10:45 p.m. at Finley Road and the tracks, said Rollins. Metra halted inbound and outbound trains following the incident, which caused extensive delays.

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This is the second suicide in a month along the Union Pacific West line tracks near Glen Ellyn. In the middle of the day on April 3 in front of an outbound Metra train near downtown Glen Ellyn and was killed.

In March, a 52-year-old Wheaton man tried to kill himself by parking his Jeep Liberty on the Union Pacific West line tracks at College Avenue and Hill Street in Wheaton. A freight train struck, flipped his SUV but he survived the incident and was able to walk away from the scene. of property damage, reckless conduct and violation of the railroad obstruction act. 

Jim Court May 26, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Suicide.........and act that occurs in moments of sadness and desperation. If only people would realize that problems are transitional and tomorrow can bring a whole new perspective. Such a waste and a tragedy. The hurt it also brings to others.
Jim Court May 26, 2012 at 02:12 PM
an act
John May 27, 2012 at 05:14 PM
In thereory your words seem sensible but for many depression is not a sadness in the moment and it can weight heavy on onesself for decades crushing you, making everyday of living unbearable with no way out. I make no excuse for it but as simple as you make it seem it is far far harder to shake then a fleeting moment of sadness.
Jim Court May 27, 2012 at 10:32 PM
John On a deeper level, you are absolutely right. There are many forms of depression and vary deeply in severity. It is an issue that needs to be addressed proactively. The Court system does not seem to recognize that many individuals have addictions as a way to self medicate. The loss of a young life like this is especially sad. We as a society have turned our backs on the mentally ill. We do not want them is our midst and we close down facilities to treat them. Endless money gos into the military and war. Not defensive wars. As sad as that might be, I understand the concept of defending yourself and your country. Our Government actually applauds those who kill others yet don't point a finger at someone and you may be charged with an act of violence. Lets see. It is okay when the government uses violence. It is sanctioned and honorable. What and who does the government really care about? Rather confusing. Excuses my meandering. I big meal, a short nap might be in order but too much work to do. A very confusing world we live in. I think I will go sit by the lake with a good book and ice cold lemonade. The sun feels wonderful.


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