Wheaton Man Killed by Train Thursday

The man’s body was found near the Wheaton College campus early Thursday morning, police said.

Credit: Patch file
Credit: Patch file

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 was requested to the scene and arrived a short time later, the statement said.

After a scene investigation was completed, Schumacher was taken to the Coroner's Office for additional investigation. No further information will be released at this time until the investigation is completed.

Initial post

An eastbound freight train on the Union Pacific West Line apparently struck and killed a 37-year-old man in Wheaton on Thursday morning, Wheaton police said in a brief statement.

The collision occurred at about 7:45 a.m. near North Hale Street, where there is no railroad crossing, according to a news release. The man’s body was found soon after on the middle tracks west of Chase Street.

The tracks were closed for an hour for an initial investigation, but were reopened on a delayed schedule, the Suburban Life reports

The incident is under investigation, Wheaton police said. The man has not been identified.

Patch will post any updates on this incident as they are released.

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pdfuser August 30, 2013 at 09:03 AM
RIP Darren, we will miss you at Football and Hockey games.
BP August 30, 2013 at 09:44 AM
Let's see 1. Railroad pays their execs millions a year which we repay at the check out lanes. 2. Train brakes suck and trains have no steering and the trains go well past the sight stopping distance of the train. 3. This is 2013 with a dozen ways to have video monitoring ahead of the trains to get the trains stopped IN TIME when tracks are obstructed. 4. We are paying millions for state government and Federal government people and should have no businesses like railroads creating public safety hazards .5. Brings us back to doe---3. This is 2013 with a dozen ways to have video monitoring ahead of the trains to get the trains stopped IN TIME when tracks are obstructed. Railroads motto should be ---ANY TIME COULD BE TANKER TRUCK STUCK ON TRACKS TIME instead it's PROFITS FIRST AND SCREW 'em all--Let's make $$$.
Bill Molony August 30, 2013 at 04:57 PM
This man died as a result of being fatally struck by a Union Pacific freight train while he was trespassing on private railroad property, something that he did of his own choosing. Trains do not have steering wheels because they run on track - they go where the track goes! BP is a well-known internet troll with a long-standing grudge against the railroad industry - he's been posting BS like this for years.
billy August 30, 2013 at 06:36 PM
Counter BP - Trains are a physics equation of hundreds of tons of low friction weight moving at 40 miles per hour. Witnessing wrecks and investigations the stopping requires thousands of feet even with air brakes fully set on all railcars. Trains remain the principal mover of land products after several hundred years. On 12/18/1991 a broad rail safety law was signed by president. This focuses on accidents involving crossings and rail construction zones like Wheaton is now. Rail construction workers are by far the highest injured/deaths. Chicago area Mayors and railroads are now finishing crossing upgrades including pedestrian gates and vehicle turn restrictions. Next train passing is instead of 1,000s of semi trucks - not with one path, one crew and crossing gates everywhere in USA ! Each freight car equals major part of freight air plane load with 5,000 plus in the air right now ! For consideration in this tragic death.
Peggy August 30, 2013 at 07:22 PM
This poor man was killed in an ACCIDENT. He was waiting for the train to pass on the North side of a one-way street where there were no gates on his side. He apparently saw the original train had completed going by, but failed to see the freight train coming from the West.. to his right. Darren was someone's child, someone's friend, someone's grandchild, possibly someone's spouse and/or parent. God rest his soul and give those closest to him strength to make it through this difficult time...
BP August 30, 2013 at 10:50 PM
Or is it Biily boy Trains are a physics equation and railroads are greedy low lives? Now go measure the 1,000s of square feet under a train for better braking ---add a few parachutes---some retro rockets---outriggers---grappling hooks ---and require the trains be ran by the bozos in charge of railroad safety strapped to the front of the train battering rams in their THIS is SAFE T-shirts.
BP August 30, 2013 at 10:54 PM
Google map Cresent Street/Sumner Street Wheaton Illinois United States ---the people path through the trees to the Billy Grahmn center would be the culprit spot the railroad reported. So how long did this man lay there because the low lives didn't even stop. http://www.nrc.uscg.mil/reports/rwservlet?standard_web+inc_seq=1058580 INCIDENT LOCATION MP 24.3 County: DU PAGE City: WHEATON State: IL The incident was discovered on 29-AUG-13 at 07:15 local time DESCRIPTION OF INCIDENT CALLER IS REPORTING THAT THERE WAS A BODY DISCOVERED ON THE TRACKS. THE TRAIN INVOLVED IS UNKNOWN. Location Subdivision: GENEVA Railroad Milepost: 24.3 174954C IL UP Public At Grade Open 002423 DU PAGE WHEATON SUBURBAN GENEVA MLW CHASE ST 174955J IL UP Public At Grade Open 002447 DU PAGE WHEATON SUBURBAN GENEVA MLW WASHINGTON ST
Ketan R Mody MD, CAQSM April 06, 2014 at 08:15 AM
I knew darren growing up an his mom. RIP mam. For the two of u to argue over trains u r moronic. And to say he was tresspassing so it must have been his fault...where u there? No u were not..so have some respect...


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