Victim in Friday Train Accident Identified, From Wauwatosa

Caledonia Police have identified Jocelyn Flashinski, 31, as the woman who was struck and killed by a train Friday.

Updated at 1 p.m., June 9.

The woman killed Friday by a train has been identified.

According to the Caledonia police, Jocelyn M. Flashinski of Wauwatosa was killed after getting struck by a southbound Amtrak train Friday evening near 4 Mile Road and Highway H in Caledonia. Flashinski does have ties to the Racine area. She was 31.

Patch reached out to the Flashinski family, but relatives were too distraught to comment.

Police said Flashinski ran onto the tracks and that "the incident is not criminal in nature." The train was traveling from Milwaukee to Chicago.

Vince Patoka, a passenger on a northbound train from Chicago to Milwaukee that had to stop after the accident, told Patch that the conductor had been making announcements about every 20 minutes to apologize for the inconvenience.

Passengers were told there was an incident on the track ahead of their train that had no impact on passenger safety, Patoka said.

That train was able to pull into the Sturtevant station at approximately 8 p.m., and by 9 p.m. was going to be allowed to continue its journey north into Milwaukee.

Patch will continue to follow this story and update as details become available.

MJ June 09, 2012 at 04:00 AM
You have the story wrong. My husband was on the train you described and I read this to him...He said it was not Chicago to Milwaukee bound. The train that hit the person was Milwaukee to Chicago.
Heather Asiyanbi (Editor) June 09, 2012 at 04:16 AM
@MJ - We've updated the story with the information as we have it. Was your husband on the train involved or the one coming from Chicago?
James R Hoffa June 09, 2012 at 04:37 AM
Was this just an accident or a suicide? Either way, my condolences to the family.
Cheryl Zalenski June 09, 2012 at 03:40 PM
I was on the Milwaukee bound train, and what we were told was that it was the southbound train. That's why our train was permitted to pull into the Sturyevant station so passengers could disembark.
beadnsue June 09, 2012 at 09:08 PM
I was on the train that hit her. The train stopped as quickly as possible, and then it wasn't allowed to travel until about 9:45. We got into Chicago about 10:40. The passengers were very calm and waiting as patiently as they could. We weren't told what happened but people were looking it up on their smart phones.
mau June 09, 2012 at 11:46 PM
My first thought was the latter. That track is rural and isolated as far as there are open fields on both sides. She was from Wausatosa and ran onto the tracks. Curious if her vehicle was parked nearby or was she dropped off.
tim crawford June 10, 2012 at 11:36 AM
Our prayers go out to the family.
BR June 11, 2012 at 11:36 AM
I was on the southbound train that hit her. Despite the terrible circumstances of why we were stopped, the passengers were only addressed by Amtrak 3 times in almost 3 hours. We were given no information, I looked it up and told people in my car because we all had a right to know what was keeping us so long. There was no beverage/food cart at all and people were pretty angry in my car. I was in the #2 car watching the police perform their investigation. All in all, Amtrak handled this situation extremely poor and it's no wonder why more people don't take trains.
janellen June 11, 2012 at 03:03 PM
I agree BR. I was in a car close to the front. It is such a tragic event. Someone in our car (a woman) read the information to us too. But we could see no activity out our window, otherwise I would think it was you. Renting a car was an option for me, but thinking of avoiding the Friday traffic, and a firm believer in mass transit, I took the train. Amtrak should have send transportation for us. They could have sent a train from either direction. They should have at least given us bottled water, (most passengers were on their way home to have dinner since we got in line at 5 to take the train) possibly some type of explanation, and help also for anyone who was upset should have been available. (I still can't get this out of my mind.) I missed a much anticipated visit with my son and his wife. I was on my way to see them and get to see them a few times a year so it was a real disappointment that Amtrak didn't step in and take care of the passengers. I agree it was handled poorly and the next time I travel that route, it will be with a rental car.
mau June 11, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Where is the follow-up story with the details. We now know who she is but the Journal Times gave no details of the incident itself nor have you. What was she doing there? Did someone drop her off or was her vehicle left there? Usually when an incident like this happens the media provides this type of information.
janellen June 11, 2012 at 09:44 PM
I would assume since nothing is said about it being accidental, that it wasn't accidental. Also I see on line that her Mother works for the Journal Times.
Gina Morgan June 11, 2012 at 09:50 PM
I, too, was on the Amtrak SOUTHBOUND back to CHICAGO. I was in the 3rd car, I believe. Our car was very calm. Everyone was praying and very concerned. The other writers here are absolutely correct. There were 3 messages from Amtrak, NO beverages. I had to hunt down a conductor so an elderly lady could take her 8 PM pill. We were stopped there for 3 hours and 15 minutes. At one point the AC went off in our car, as well as the lights, and the toilets stopped flushed. Nothing bad happened due to this, though. I felt badly for the elderly woman and a couple behind her, as they missed their connecting train out of Union Station to Memphis, which was their final destination. They were assured - I heard the conductors tell them - that there would be customer service reps to help them at Union when we got in. The elderly woman was told she would have red cap service since she was disabled and found it difficult to walk. There was NO ONE there to help her - the red cap parked way far down and she was told SHE would have to walk to it. Also, the Amtrak station was a ghost town. The couple from Milwaukee was walking aimlessly, with no one to tell them anything. The passengers were wonderful on the train. No one was angry, etc. We were all sympathetic of the situation. We knew it was a pedestrian hit due to phone information, etc. My heart and prayers are with her family at this tragic, difficult time.
mau June 11, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Yes on both. There have been other suicides on that section of track north of Franksville. Typically a reporter looks at the police report and follows up with the details that lead up to the accident or suicide.
Tasha June 12, 2012 at 01:32 AM
I worked with Jocelyn and she was an incredible person. Her dedication to the children will always be recognized. I am very happy that I was able to meet her, my heart goes out to her family. She was the nicest and sweetest person I've ever met. I look up to her for her calm demeanor and great personality. You Are missed Jocelyn...rest in peace sweetheart. -Tasha
John Gianoli June 12, 2012 at 01:21 PM
this is accurate, i was on the same train going to chicago expected to arrive at 7:14, instead it was 10:45 when we arrived. The police, firefighters, medical examiner were on the scene to gather evidence for very long time. However on our train we were left in the dark about what happened and we just had to wait, no buses, no info, etc. There was something under train where i sat so the authorities gathered in that area, after the train stopped abruptly i looked back and saw a black car parked by the railroad crossing, i asume it was hers, it was pulled over to side about 10 ft from tracks.


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