An Indiana man died after coming into contact with the electrified third rail as he urinated on the Purple Line ‘L’ tracks in Evanston, Chicago.
Zachary McKee, 27, was at the South Boulevard Purple Line stop around 11 p.m. on Sunday with two other people when he came into contact with the third rail.
McKee, of Ossian, Ind., was pronounced dead at Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston at 11:52 p.m.
One of the two people the man was with ran down stairs to the booth at the entrance at the station and alerted the security guard on duty to the situation. The security guard then called Evanston Police and Fire officials.
While some reports say that the cause was urination on the third rail, authorities concluded that he likely suffered electrocution from direct contact.