Metra train kills pedestrian near Fort Sheridan
Two people were hit by Metra trains Friday night, one of them fatally, in separate incidents on different lines.
The first, less serious accident occurred in Downers Grove on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Line.
Metra spokeswoman Meg Reile said the incident occurred at Main Street near the station about 5:45 p.m. Train No. 1288, headed toward Chicago, struck a pedestrian, who was taken to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.
Train traffic was stopped in the area and the Main and Washington Street crossings were closed while police conducted an investigation.
Passengers were picked up by train No. 1292 and taken to Chicago, with delays of no more than an hour. Trains headed in the opposite direction were delayed by an hour. As of 8:10 p.m., all train traffic and crossings were opened to resume normal operation.
Police said a preliminary investigation revealed that a man was struck by a slow-moving eastbound train. The man's injuries were not life-threatening, police said.
The fatality occurred on the Union Pacific North Line.
Outbound train No. 357 struck and killed a pedestrian at Old Elm Road just north of the Fort Sheridan station, Reile said. She had no information on the age or gender of the victim.
The train was not scheduled to stop at Fort Sheridan. It was on the way to its next stop at 7:17 p.m. at Lake Forest at the time.
Reile said that there will be extensive delays. She said the train behind No. 357 let off all remaining passengers at Highland Park and then turned around and accommodated passengers waiting for inbound trains.
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