Chesterfield Township police are investigating the death of a man struck by a train late Sunday.
Detectives believe the incident, which occurred south of 24 Mile Road and east of Chesterfield Road at approximately 10:45 p.m. Sunday, was a suicide.
“It has all the indications that the person intentionally took their own life,” Detective Sgt. Deron Myers said.
Police believe they know the name of the deceased male preliminarily identified as a 25-year-old resident of Macomb Township.
“We believe we have him ID’d, but that’s up to the medical examiner,” Myers said.
Police said an engineer with Canadian National railroad reported he was traveling north, north of 23 Mile Road, when he saw a white male lying on his back across the tracks. The engineer was unable to stop the train in time before striking the man, police said. The train stopped near 24 Mile Road.
Police officers searched the tracks and found the victim’s body on the tracks between 23 Mile and 24 Mile roads, just west of Home Depot. The man’s vehicle was later found parked in the parking lot of the Meijer store at 23 Mile Road and Gratiot Avenue.
The incident is the second fatality involving a pedestrian and a train in the township in the last 18 months.
On Feb. 3, 2015 a township teen died after being struck by a train north of 21 Mile Road, west of Gratiot. Investigators said the incident appeared to have been a suicide.
The Macomb Daily has not published the name of that 16-year-old boy, who attended Anchor Bay High School.
Officials request that anyone with additional information about the incident to call Chesterfield Township Detective Chris Delor at 586-949-3375.
*Article courtesy of Macomb Daily Mitch Hotts.