Train hits man on Elburn tracks in apparent suicide

By on September 10, 2010

by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—A 48-year-old Aurora man was struck and killed by a train in Elburn at 11:13 p.m. on Saturday. Elburn Police Chief Steve Smith said the death was a suicide.

“He stepped out in front of the train intentionally,” Smith said.

Police concluded the incident was a suicide because of evidence they found at the scene, including a cloth briefcase containing personal items and a note.
“It appears he planned to do this,” Smith said.

The victim was struck by an eastbound Union Pacific freight train on the north side of the tracks east of South First Street in Elburn. The initial point of impact was approximately half way between the Elburn Metra platform located at 422 East Railroad Ave., and the Metra maintenance yard, located at 1000 East Railroad Ave.

Police will not release the victim’s name until they have notified his relatives. The victim had been reported missing to the Aurora police department earlier in the day on Saturday.