EVANSTON, Ill. (AP/KMOX) – An Indiana man is dead after authorities say he climbed down on an elevated train track to urinate and was accidently electrocuted by the third rail.
The Cook County medical examiner ruled the death of 27-year-old Zachary McKee was an accident due to electrocution. McKee was at a Chicago Transit Authority Purple Line station in Evanston when the accident happened late Sunday. McKee was pronounced dead at Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston near midnight.
Evanston police say McKee was with two other people when he climbed down onto the track to urinate. That’s when he fell onto the third rail. Police say one of the two people ran to alert a security guard, who called Evanston police and fire officials.
The London Daily Mail reported that McKee had served four years with the U.S. Marines, in the Anbar province in Iraq and in Iwakuni, Japan. At the time of his death, McKee was working toward his undergraduate degree in political science and government at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.
According to CBSChicago McKee was in Chicago for the weekend, where he attended a Cubs game at Wrigley Field.
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