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60-year-old man dies of electrocution after chasing beachball onto train track

By Mason White 9:57 AM July 14, 2015
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By: Wayne Morin
A man had died after chasing a beachball onto train tracks, police in Illinois said.

Chicago police said that the 60-year-old unidentified man was found dead on the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Red Line track early on Monday morning.

The man was discovered by officers around 12:30 a.m., near the Harrison stop in the 600 block of South State Street. Officers said that the man was already dead when they arrived at the scene.

According to the police investigation, the man was chasing a beachball before touching the electrified third rail. A train that was coming into the station was able to stop before running over the dead man.

In February, a man died after being hit by a train while trying to take a selfie with a woman, police in Washington said.

Kalama Police said that the man of Portland, Oregon, was struck and killed by an Amtrak train while he and his friend posed on the tracks in the middle of a trip from Tacoma to Portland.

According to the police investigation, the man stopped at the Kalama River to smoke a cigarette and take photos with the woman on the railroad tracks three miles south of Kalama.

One train approached them around 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, and they moved to the other tracks. However, the two did not realize that the Amtrak train was approaching them.

The train struck the man as he posed for pictures. The woman was unhurt in the incident, but the man died at the scene.