Pedestrian Struck, Killed by Train in Woodstock

Theodis R. Williams, 34, of Woodstock, was hit and killed by a Metra train in Woodstock on Monday night.

A pedestrian was struck by a Metra train at about 6:47 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30, at the railroad crossing located at Short and Railroad streets in Woodstock, the Northwest Herald reports. 

Theodis R. Williams, 34, of Woodstock, was found dead at the scene, the story states. Metra trains were delayed for two hours after the collision. The railroad’s crossing gates and signals were working at the time of the accident, the Herald reports. 

Kim G. December 31, 2013 at 01:19 PM
Oh boy, again? This has happened a lot this year. Sympathies to the family.
Patti Gibson December 31, 2013 at 02:55 PM
Don't know if this was a suicide or not - however, I have an old friend who actually retired early from the RR - after the 5th person stepped in front of his train - people forget what this does to the engineer - who has NO HOPE of stopping a train vs person - that engineer can still see that person's face.If gates are down and lights flashing, what part of "DO NOT CROSS" do you not understand?
Andrea collins December 31, 2013 at 03:48 PM
Patti Gibson if you dont know what happend then who are you to say if the gates are down and lights are flAshing what part of do not cross do you not understand .you are talking about someone who was a father to 2 boys and and his family loved him very much.this just happend and his family is morning that was just not right of you to say!!
Maureen Harrison December 31, 2013 at 04:09 PM
So sorry for his family but Andrea Collins the article states the gates were down & the lights were flashing. Very sad
Slick Rick December 31, 2013 at 04:21 PM
Very sad, condolence's to the family. And every time I read about accidents like this I always ask myself how, how do people get hit by trains. Especially at intersections like these.
Todd Nelson December 31, 2013 at 04:23 PM
It is a fair question. It is tragic all the same and we may never know why. Either suicide or utter lack of situational awareness. At least suicide would be purposeful and easier to understand. I am truly sorry for the family in either case.
Michael Hunt January 25, 2014 at 08:05 AM
Fine. The railroad’s crossing gates and signals were working at the time of the accident. But not any cops or security guards. Amazing how everyone accepts this as normal. There are ways to make it MUCH more difficult for people to get slaughtered on the tracks. ... Chicagoland municipalities & residents just watch and shrug.
Slick Rick January 28, 2014 at 10:38 AM
Michael, can you imagine how much it would cost to have cops or security guards at every intersections 24 hours a day? That's why they have lights, bells, whistles, and gates, some even nets. People have to stay alert and take care of themselves, Big Brother isn't always around. However, if you come up with a realistic and better way to make it MUCH more difficult for people to get slaughtered on the tracks, speak up at the next town meeting. Call your congressman, get media attention, start a petition, and make it happen
Michael Hunt January 28, 2014 at 01:27 PM
Slick, I hail from a part of the country that parks a lit-up & occupied state police car in front of a highway construction area. You know how much that costs? Tons. You know how many workers die? Zero. And if you’re a public official, that’s your goal, right? Zero dead people?
Michael Hunt January 28, 2014 at 01:27 PM
The railroads were laid down before these towns were built up. A lot of these tragedies are a result of poor planning by the town fathers. I shouldn’t need to call my mayor or the press or my right-wing Tea Party Congressman. They know. And they just watch and shrug. Instead of taking action to fix an inherited problem.
McCloud January 28, 2014 at 03:44 PM
So we are to interpret somehow your right wing Tea Party Congressman is responsible. You are to be pitied for your little mind. Trains are enormous in size, with lights and loud engine sounds, and they even have horns. If you can't get out of the way of a train, maybe you intend to be hit. Swiping comments from the likes of this ignorant left wing kook are too often overlooked.
McCloud January 28, 2014 at 04:04 PM
Twisting a tragedy for political games when the bodies are still warm, where do we see this from, let me see.....
Slick Rick January 28, 2014 at 04:58 PM
A lit-up car and the Give em a Break signs are visual warnings just like the crossing gates and flashing lights. Every time I see any warning signs I always slow down and look twice. These accidents happen because people choose to ignore warning signs. People have to do their part too, not just rely on some one to figure out ways to make it MUCH more difficult to get slaughtered on the tracks.
Michael Hunt January 28, 2014 at 05:26 PM
No, not the “Give Em a Brake” signs. A lit-up State Police cruiser with a real-live state trooper inside. That’s what slows people down in that scenario. … You rig the area around the tracks with cameras, and that could result in fines. You assign security to patrol the tracks during high-traffic pedestrian hours near the tracks. That will keep a certain amount of people away from danger zones. This is not brain-surgery.
Michael Hunt January 28, 2014 at 05:27 PM
Slick, I’ve never said that pedestrians & drivers are not responsible for their actions. But at some point, public & safety officials need to figure out if they can do more when people are dying in predictable situations. … There certainly is enough to look at. THE ORIGINAL ZONING PLANS WERE FLAWED. Instead, they watch and shrug.
Michael Hunt January 28, 2014 at 05:29 PM
McClown, Slick Rick encouraged me to write my Congressman. I simply responded that I have no confidence in my Congressman to do anything, unless … y’know … they thought people were crossing the tracks on the way to getting an abortion …


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