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Metro-North Identifies Stratford Man Struck, Killed By Train Near Station

The man hit and killed by a Metro-North train on Friday has been identified as Michael Daskam of Stratford. The train involved (above) was stopped for more than an hour after the incident.
The man hit and killed by a Metro-North train on Friday has been identified as Michael Daskam of Stratford. The train involved (above) was stopped for more than an hour after the incident. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness

STRATFORD, Conn. -- The death of a Stratford man who was struck by a Metro-North train on Friday , April 15, does not appear to have been an accident, according to a Metro-North spokeswoman.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police identified the victim Monday as Michael Daskam, 46. Metro-North spokeswoman Nancy Gamerman said that it appears there was no criminality in Daskam’s death and it does not appear to have been an accident.

Daskam was struck and killed at the Stratford train station at 12:09 p.m. by the 10:34 a.m. train from Grand Central, Gamerman told Daily Voice.

Metro-North train service was stopped between Bridgeport and New Haven for over an hour, and delays were reported in both directions for hours Friday after the incident.

Daskam's death is one of several in recent months on Metro-North tracks in Connecticut. Most of these deaths are believed to be suicides, authorities have said.

In November, a 38-year-old Milford man was struck and killed by an Amtrak train at the Stratford train station, near the scene of Friday's fatal incident.

On Oct. 20, a 41-year-old woman from Milford was hit by an Amtrak train on the tracks near the Southport station in Fairfield.

On Sept. 9, a 50-year-old priest in the Diocese of Bridgeport was killed when he was struck by a Metro-North train.

On Aug. 7, a 28-year-old Stamford resident was killed when she was hit by a train at the Cos Cob station in Greenwich.

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