Brian Powell Obituary, Death – A 59-year-old man was killed after he was reported to be sitting on the train tracks before being struck by a Metra train near the North Chicago Metra station, officials said. The North Chicago Police Department, Metra Police Department, and North Chicago Fire Department responded around 7:50 p.m. Friday to the area of Sheridan Road and Broadway Street. A call was received for a pedestrian who had been struck by Metra train #365, according to Metra spokeswoman Meg Reile.
Reile said there was an initial report of a person sitting on the train tracks. It was rainy and dark at the time of the collision, Reile said. The Lake County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as Brian Powell, 59, who was last known to be a North Chicago resident.
Powell was pronounced dead at the scene, which occurred just south of the North Chicago Metra station on the Metra UP-N line. The incident resulted in extensive delays Friday evening. The tracks were closed for several hours for the investigation, Reile said.
The train involved left Chicago at 6:32 p.m. and was scheduled to arrive in Waukegan at 7:51 p.m. An autopsy confirmed Powell died as a result of blunt force injuries, the coroner’s office said. The coroner’s office said a preliminary investigation indicates the act was possibly intentional, not accidental.
The fatal incident comes less than two weeks after Christina Egidi, 57, of Grayslake, was killed by an express Metra train at the same Metra station. Egidi incorrectly believed the train was stopped and attempted to cross the tracks.