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Man fatally struck by Metra train in Des Plaines

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A 59-year-old man man was fatally struck by a Metra Union Pacific North Line train Thursday night in northwest suburban Des Plaines.

Outbound Train 647, which was scheduled to arrive in Harvard at 7:19 p.m., struck a pedestrian at the Des Plaines station just after 6 p.m., according to Metra and Des Plaines police.

Wayne H. Hardy walked onto the tracks as the train approached and faced the train, which struck him, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. The Des Plaines resident was pronounced dead at the scene.

An autopsy Friday ruled his death a suicide.