A 34-year-old man reportedly wearing headphones was struck and killed by a train Tuesday on the northwest side.

The train was northbound when it struck the man who was on the tracks north of West Ruthrauff Road, said Capt. Adam Goldberg, a Northwest Fire District spokesman.

"The headphones could have been a contributing factor to this incident, but it is under investigation," said Goldberg.

Northwest Fire paramedics were dispatched shortly after 5 p.m., and the man was pronounced dead at the scene, Goldberg said.

The train came to a stop between Ruthrauff and West Sunset roads.

Identification was found at the scene. The man's identity will be released pending notification to his family. 

Goldberg said pedestrians must stay clear of railroad tracks, and use designated crossing areas. "You must look both ways before you clear the tracks, and do not wear anything that will impede your hearing when you are near a track," he said.