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Ossian man dies in unusual accident

April 24, 2012

Zachary McKee

    Funeral services are pending at Elzy-Patterson-Rodak Funeral Home in Ossian for Zachary Wendell McKee, a 27-year-old Ossian resident who died Sunday in an unusual accident.
    According to reports, McKee fell onto the electrified third rail at a CTA Purple Line station in the Chicago suburb of Evanston on Sunday. The death has been ruled an accident.
    CTA spokeswoman Lambrini Lukidis told the Chicago Sun-Times that McKee was on the CTA Purple Line South Station platform at 601 South Blvd. in Evanston about 11 p.m. with two other people when he came into contact with the third rail.
    He was pronounced dead at Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston at 11:52 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
    The Sun-Times said Evanston police reviewed CTA surveillance video and determined he had climbed down to the tracks to urinate when he fell onto the third rail.
    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 newspaper said.
    A Monday autopsy found McKee was electrocuted and ruled his death an accident, according to the medical examiner’s office.
    A senior at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne, McKee, according to reports, was preparing to graduate with a political science degree in just a few months.
    He reportedly served with the U.S. Marine Corps for four years in Iraq and Japan until 2010. He was in Chicago to visit friends and watch the Cubs play the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday, according to his Twitter account.

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