All inbound and outbound Metra Union Pacific/North line trains were stopped for nearly two hours during the evening rush today after a train fatally struck a pedestrian near the Rogers Park station, Metra officials said.
Officials warned that delays have reached 2:30 hours for some trains as the issue is being investigated.
The person was struck by Metra train No. 337 at about 4:45 p.m. at or near the Rogers Park station, said Metra spokesman Michael Gillis.
The train had left downtown Chicago at 4:30 p.m. and was not scheduled to stop at Rogers Park, Gillis said. The train had been been scheduled to arrive in Highland Park at 5:10 p.m., Metra officials said.
The pedestrian was killed in the accident, Gillis said. He could provide no other information about the person.
The Cook County medical examiner's office said the pedestrian was a male of unknown age, and no other information was available yet.
After the incident all service on the line was stopped in both directions. Metra spokesman Tom Miller said service began to resume about 6:30 p.m., and by 7 p.m. delayed trains were running in both directions.
He said some delays have reached more than 2:30 hours because emergency officials would not allow any train service to run as the incident was investigated. Near the accident site, trains were running on a single track, he said.
Additional information would be posted on the website as available.
Miller cautioned that delays continued as trains tried to make up the time they lost as emergency crews responded to the accident.
One passenger said his train had left downtown Chicago at about 7 p.m. and that it had promptly stopped just before Armitage Avenue and had not moved in an hour. Passengers were being told they were waiting on signals and that there were multiple trains stopped ahead.
Another passenger said, "The North bound trains are still not moving. We have been standing for over 30 minutes with no update provided."
Fire personnel were called to the scene on the 7000 block of North Ravenswood Avenue to "assist in the recovery," but Metra and Chicago police were the lead authorities on the incident, according to a Fire Media representative.
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