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Updated: Man Struck and Killed By Train

An Amtrak train struck and killed a 39-year-old man near Puetz Road in Oak Creek about 9:20 p.m. Thursday.

An Amtrak train struck and killed a 39-year-old man near the Puetz Road crossing in Oak Creek Thursday night.

The driver of the train told police he saw the man walk onto the tracks, then turn toward the train with his hands in his pockets and wait, according to the logbook.

The driver said he barely had enough time to pull the emergency brake and sound the horn before the train struck the man about 9:20 p.m., according to the logbook.

Police said the man was bipolar, suffered from medical conditions and depressed about a court case. According to online court records, the man was scheduled to be sentenced today in a child pornography case.

The train, traveling about 80 mph at the time of the incident, was northbound from Chicago and scheduled to arrive in Milwaukee about 9:40 p.m.

Mike in OC June 02, 2012 at 01:53 AM
when i said that this morning, i didnt know any of the circumstances surrounding the situation....
wiplayer June 02, 2012 at 02:17 PM
I wish you would have not included the man's medical issues unless they had a proven and direct bearing on this situation. Until it is officially shown that this was a suicide and his mental state was the probable cause, I don't know why you would write that. Maybe he had taken something that altered his state of mind - maybe not - but you don't mention that as a possiblity so why bring up his bipolar and depression issues? If it is officially shown that those were the cause then so be it. But on the behalf of some of us who share those conditions, please give thought to how such statements may have an impact on other people. If the man were scheduled to be sentenced on his crime, perhaps it was a matter of him not wanting or being able to serve his time or live with what he had done. Mental illness does not necessarily have anything to do with that.
Chris June 02, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Wiplayer, my heart goes out to all those who suffer from mental illness...as it is truly a hidden disease that doesn't show externally, so it is very difficult for those who don't suffer to understand. However, it is perfectly appropriate to mention this persons past, as well as his struggles with mental illness as part of the back story. I believe it helps us all feel more sympathy for him, and his family, and gives us context to go along with what the eye witness saw.
wiplayer June 07, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Chris - Perhaps you are correct. I just know first hand that it is not always something families want known and if you read the story without the one line: "Police said the man was bipolar, suffered from medical conditions and depressed about a court case." it would not have taken anything away nor changed the tone of the story. Note I am not indicating there should be sympathy for the man in the story. He committed a crime and was convicted. Did he committ the crime because of mental illness? I would guess that would be part of the court record.
shari Latawiec July 10, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Sending out prayers to the Trains's crew.

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