Pedestrian killed by Metra in Irving Park

[dropcap]A [/dropcap]man from Jefferson Park was struck and killed by a train near the intersection of Kostner Avenue and Roscoe Street on July 18. Anthony “Tony” Budzichowski, of the 5300 block of West Foster Avenue, was pronounced dead on the scene by authorities, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Metra spokesperson Meg Reile said that Budzichowski, 39, was killed around 10:52 a.m. by an outbound train on the Milwaukee District / North Line (MD-N). Reile said a Metra engineer was at the Grayland Station, 3734 N. Milwaukee Ave., when he saw what he thought was debris on the train tracks. As he got closer he realized that the debris was in fact a man’s body and alerted authorities. Chicago Fire Department firefighters took Budzichowski from the scene around 11 p.m. Reile said that Budzichowski’s wife, Michelle, told Metra that her husband was on a type of medication that led to mood swings. However, Reile stressed that the final cause of death was yet to be determined by the Cook County Medical Examiner.

Immediately after the accident, outbound trains on this line were over 50 minutes behind schedule. Because the train that struck Budzichowski was stopped on the tracks near the accident until well after 2 a.m., inbound trains only operated as far as the Grayland Station until officials cleared the tracks for regular service.

Metra police on the scene would not say how or why Budzichowski had gotten onto the elevated tracks and referred all questions to Metra’s office of media relations. He is survived by his wife and son.

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