Coroner deems Lake Forest train victim’s death an accident

Mark Worden
Mark Worden

The Lake County Coroner’s Office has closed the case on Mark Worden, the Chicago man struck and killed by an approaching freight train in Lake Forest, classifying the incident as an accident.

“There were no alcohol, drugs or other substances in his system,” Deputy Coroner Orlando Portillo said. “It was deemed an accident.”

Worden, 59, was struck by a southbound Canadian Pacific freight train at approximately 7:50 p.m. June 19 at the West Lake Forest Train Station.

Surveillance video shows Worden was standing on the west side of the train platform, where a coworker dropped him off after a company picnic in Lincolnshire. Worden crossed the tracks at the pedestrian crossing 50 yards north of the station, trying to beat the approaching freight train, when he was struck, Lake Forest Police Deputy Chief Karl Walldorf said.

Trains to Chicago load on the west side of the platform.

At the time of his death, Worden was a senior project development engineering manager with Siemens Building Technologies in Buffalo Grove. Police said he lived in the 1600 block of South Prairie Avenue in Chicago.

Services have been held.

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