Cops: Man lies on tracks, fatally struck by train

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Chesterfield Township police are working to identify a man, possibly in his mid-20s, who died Sunday night after being hit by a train.

Police got a call at 10:45 p.m. Sunday that a pedestrian had been hit by a train in the area of Chesterfield Road just south of 24 Mile. An engineer at CN Railroad, who stopped the train near 24 Mile, told police he was headed northbound, past 23 Mile, when he noticed a white man lying across the tracks in a supine position.

The engineer was unable to stop the train, and hit the man, according to police.

Officers searched the area and found the man dead on the tracks between 23 and 24 Mile, behind a Home Depot. Police said they later found the man’s vehicle in the Meijer parking lot at 23 Mile and Gratiot.

A statement from Chesterfield police said they “believe” the victim is a 25-year-old man, but that they “anticipate taking additional steps to confirm his identity.”

The investigation is ongoing, and police are asking anyone with information on the man’s identity to call Detective Chris Delor at (586) 949-3375.