Projects and Stories: Death on the Rails: 11-CD-DC-Trains-Maplewood1

Scott Hagen, 25, walks through a path worn through the thorn bushes after crossing the train tracks on the way from  his apartment to the Metrolink station to take him to work on Tuesday Nov. 13, 2012.  The crossing is marked with no trespassing signs those signs are generally ignored or go unnoticed by pedestrians crossing the tracks.  Hagen says he takes the short cut because it's quicker than walking around to the underpass.Photo By David Carson, dcarson@post-dispatch.com

Scott Hagen, 25, walks through a path worn through the thorn bushes after crossing the train tracks on the way from his apartment to the Metrolink station to take him to work on Tuesday Nov. 13, 2012. The crossing is marked with no trespassing signs those signs are generally ignored or go unnoticed by pedestrians crossing the tracks. Hagen says he takes the short cut because it's quicker than walking around to the underpass.

Photo By David Carson, dcarson@post-dispatch.com