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Man Killed By Train In Stratford Was Reported Missing Two Months Ago

Emergency responders at the scene Wednesday at the Stratford train station after a man was hit and killed by an Amtrak train.
Emergency responders at the scene Wednesday at the Stratford train station after a man was hit and killed by an Amtrak train. Photo Credit: Chris Hey

STRATFORD, Conn. -- A man hit and killed by an Amtrak train Wednesday at the Stratford station has been identified as a Milford resident who had been reported missing, according to the Connecticut Post.

The death of Milford resident Daniel McCool, 38, has been ruled a suicide by the state chief medical examiner's office, according to the Post.

McCool has been reported missing Sept. 17 and had been last seen between Sept. 2 and 15 in Bridgeport, according to ctpost.com.

"There is no indication of any criminality involved,” Metro-North spokesman Aaron Donovan said of the man's death.

McCool was struck and killed by the Amtrak train at 8:27 a.m. Wednesday, Donovan said.

The train, a northbound Amtrak train, had left Washington, D.C., at 3:15 a.m. and was due in Boston at 11:05 a.m.

This was the fourth pedestrian hit and killed by trains on Metro-North's New Haven Line in Connecticut in recent weeks.

On Oct. 20, Jennifer Battista, 41, of Milford, was hit by an Amtrak train on the tracks near the Southport station in Fairfield. Her death "did not appear to be criminal or accidental," officials said.

On Sept. 9, the Rev. Colin McKenna, a 50-year-old priest in the Diocese of Bridgeport, was killed when he was struck by a Metro-North train near the Westport station in what was called a possible suicide.

On Aug. 7, Tamar A. Louis, a 28-year-old Stamford resident, was killed when she was hit by a train at the Cos Cob station in Greenwich after lowering herself onto the tracks to retrieve a dropped item. The medical examiner's office ruled her death a suicide.

To read the full story on Daniel McCool at the Connecticut Post, click here .

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