IL: Questions Over Electrocution of Boy, 13, in Metra Yard, Teen Charged With Trespassing

June 17--Metra officials are investigating how a 13-year-old Chicago boy was electrocuted while climbing on top of a Metra Electric train in a south suburban rail yard.

A 17-year-old boy was charged as a juvenile with misdemeanor trespassing, Metra officials said.

The victim was with four other juveniles including the 17-year-old when they entered the rail yard in University Park just after 7 p.m. Sunday, Metra spokesman Michael Gillis said. He suffered a fatal electric shock while on top of a parked train, Gillis said.

The dead boy was identified as Marcellus Martin by the Will County coroner's office. The boy's street address was not released.

An autopsy conducted Monday determined that the boy died of electrocution. Officials are awaiting further tests such as toxicological exams and a police investigation to determine the final cause and manner of death.

Marcellus was pronounced dead on the scene, according to the Will County coroner's office.

According to Metra officials, Marcellus was with two juveniles from Richton Park and two from University Park. All except the 17-year-old boy were about 13 years old, officials said. Marcellus was a relative of one of the south suburban boys, said Metra Spokeswoman Meg Reile.

The boys would have had to cross a marshy ditch to get to the rail cars said Reile. She said the yard is out of the way and does not serve as a short cut.

"It has not been a problem area," said Reile.

Metra Electric District trains are powered by overhead electrical lines. The trains operate on 1,500 volts of direct current. The yard is at the end of the line and some trains are left there overnight, Gillis said.

Officials are looking into whether there was any security to keep people out of the restricted area, Gillis said.

"There is no fence around the yard," he said. "Right now we're investigating what happened."

After the incident, Metra officials stopped service on the Metra Electric line at Madison Avenue for two trains and had to shuttle passengers by bus to Richton Park and University Park, Gillis said. An inbound train was canceled.

No delays were reported on the line Monday morning.

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