Hickory man dies after being struck by train

While reportedly crossing tracks in Westmont

By Laura Bollin

A Hickory Hills man was killed March 7 when he was struck by a train while crossing the railroad tracks at Cass Avenue and the Burlington Northern Sante Fe railroad in Westmont.

Eric Bennett, 31, was crossing the tracks at the grade crossing when he was struck by the train, which was headed east, at 5:46 p.m. He was pronounced dead on the scene at 6:03 p.m., police said.

The cause of the accident has not been determined, police said. The accident is currently under investigation by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe police, the DuPage County Coroner’s Office and the Westmont Police Department, police said.

A train engineer and crew members were on board the train, but no one was injured, police said.

Train service was stopped until 6:45 p.m. Cass Avenue vehicle traffic was detoured until 8:30 p.m., police said.