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Commuter train chief killed by train

The executive director of Chicago's Metra commuter train service was struck and killed by one of the company's trains early Friday, a week after an investigation began into claims he received an unapproved $56,000 bonus.

Phil Pagano's death was under investigation, McHenry County, Ill., Coroner Marlene Lantz said. Pagano's family had been notified and an autopsy was tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Lantz said.

McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren said a pedestrian was struck by a Metra train in unincorporated Crystal Lake early Friday morning.

On April 30, Metra announced that the 60-year-old Pagano was under investigation and that he had been placed on paid administrative leave from his $269,000-a-year job.

The allegations against him were to have been one of the subjects of discussion at a Metra board of directors emergency meeting at 10 a.m. on Friday. Metra later canceled the meeting.

Metra had hired an attorney to investigate allegations that the Metra executive director of 20 years had received an unauthorized $56,000 bonus. No more details were immediately available.

-- Associated Press

By Michael Bolden  |  May 7, 2010; 3:15 PM ET
 
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