Written by Darren McRoy
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.
Darren Schumacher of Wheaton was found laying near the Union Pacific Railroad tracks at the Washington Street crossing, according to a statement from the DuPage County 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, authorities said.