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Bicyclist killed by train identified

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  • Elgin police say Steven John Cimaglia, 45, died after falling from his bicycle in the path of a freight train about 12:35 a.m. Saturday near the National Street depot. Cimaglia was an Elgin resident, authorities said. This is looking north along the railroad tracks there.

       Elgin police say Steven John Cimaglia, 45, died after falling from his bicycle in the path of a freight train about 12:35 a.m. Saturday near the National Street depot. Cimaglia was an Elgin resident, authorities said. This is looking north along the railroad tracks there.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

 
 

Elgin police have identified a man who died Saturday after falling from his bicycle into the path of a freight train.

Authorities said Steven John Cimaglia, 45, of Elgin died about 12:35 a.m. Saturday. Cimaglia was struck by the Canadian Pacific freight train near the National Street depot, according to police.

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Elgin police and Canadian Pacific investigators found Cimaglia was riding his bike across the tracks and fell. He then was struck by the freight train, authorities said.

Because of the investigation, police said they had to close National Street from State Street to Grove Avenue. Railroad crossings also were blocked at Highland Avenue and Chicago Street while Elgin traffic union investigators worked at the scene.

Police Cmdr. Ana Lalley said the death remains under investigation.

According to a Canadian Pacific spokesman, warning devices, gates and bells were working at the crossing. He said the freight train was heading east when Cimaglia wound up on the tracks.

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