Chicago, IL (August 28, 2020) – Early Thursday morning, August 27, a woman was killed after being hit by a Metra train near the Gladstone Park area of Chicago.
A Metra spokesperson revealed that the victim was hit by the outbound train no. 603 at around 6:15 a.m. The woman was identified as a woman in her 50s. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident near the Northwest Highway.
Following the accident, all inbound and outbound trains on the Metra UP-NW line service were halted. The identity of the deceased party has not been provided at this time. No further information on the accident is currently available.
An ongoing investigation into the cause of the crash is being managed by local law enforcement officials. More details on the accident will be provided as it continues.
We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time.
Deadly Train-Pedestrian Accidents in Chicago
The overwhelming majority of deadly accidents on railways involve pedestrian railroad accidents. The speed, weight, and momentums of these large vehicles can result in catastrophic injuries in the event of a crash. Since 1997, more than 7,200 pedestrians have been killed after being struck by trains in the United States. More than 6,400 pedestrians have suffered serious injuries after a train accident. An estimated 500 people are killed in train accidents across the country each year.
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