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UPDATE:

Authorities have identified a 24-year-old Batavia man who was struck and killed by a freight train Friday afternoon while walking along a railway on Union Pacific tracks in Geneva.

The Kane County Coroner's Office says Charles Grimse is the deceased.

Geneva Police say in a statement that their department and Geneva Fire were called around 4:00 p.m. to the area west of the Randall Road bridge, where Grimse was discovered unconscious and not breathing.

Police say in a statement that first responders tried to revive the man but were unsuccessful.

Grimse was apparently walking west along the wooden railroad ties on the outside of the tracks and was on the southernmost side of the tracks. A

freight train was traveling east on the northernmost tracks, and a second freight train was traveling west on the southernmost tracks.

The westbound train continuously sounded the air horn and immediately applied the emergency brakes.

Officials say witnesses said Grimse did not turn around to make visual contact with the westbound train and only focused on the eastbound train.

He was hit by the westbound train on the tracks just west of the Randall Road bridge. Western Avenue was closed for more than five hours.

The coroner's office says Grimse was pronounced dead at 4:30 p.m. on Friday and following an autopsy on Monday, toxicology samples have now been sent to a forensic laboratory for analysis.

Geneva Police and the Kane County Coroner’s Office are continuing to investigate the crash.

ORIGINAL:

Authorities in Geneva said that a 24-year-old Batavia man was struck and killed by a freight train Friday afternoon while walking along a railway on Union Pacific tracks.

Geneva Police say in a statement that their department and Geneva Fire were called around 4:00 p.m. to the area west of the Randall Road bridge, where the man, who has not been further identified, was discovered unconscious and not breathing.

Police say in a statement that first responders tried to revive the man but were unsuccessful.

The man was apparently walking west along the wooden railroad ties on the outside of the tracks and was on the southernmost side of the tracks. A

freight train was traveling east on the northernmost tracks, and a second freight train was traveling west on the southernmost tracks.

The westbound train continuously sounded the air horn and immediately applied the emergency brakes.

Officials say witnesses said the man did not turn around to make visual contact with the westbound train and only focused on the eastbound train.

He was hit by the westbound train on the tracks just west of the Randall Road bridge. Western Avenue was closed for more than five hours.

Geneva Police and the Kane County Coroner’s Office are continuing to investigate the crash.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

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