2 struck in separate Metra incidents in Downers Grove, Highland Park

November 29, 2013

One person was struck at the Downers Grove Main Street station, the other was struck in Highland Park near the Fort Sheridan station.

In Downers Grove, a Metra spokesperson says a pedestrian was hit by a "slow-moving" train around 5:45 p.m. headed inbound that left Aurora at 5:20 p.m. That person suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

A pedestrian was fatally hit near the Fort Sheridan station about 7:15 p.m., Metra spokeswoman Meg Reile said.

Outbound train No. 357, which left Chicago at 6:31 p.m. and was scheduled to arrive in Kenosha, Wis. at 7:56 p.m., remained stopped two and a half hours after the incident, Reile said. The train was not scheduled to stop at Fort Sheridan.

Inbound train No. 358, which was scheduled to arrive in Chicago at 8:25 p.m., also remains stopped on the other side of the crash, Reile said.

Outbound train No. 359, which was scheduled to arrive in Waukegan at 8:04 p.m., went as far as the Highland Park station before turning around to accommodate passengers between Highland Park and Chicago, Reile said.

The tracks remain blocked at the site of the crash as investigators continue to examine the scene and work to clear the tracks, Reile said.

It is not clear how long the delays will last, and service alerts on Metra's website are advising riders to expect delays of one to two hours.

Highland Park police could not immediately provide further details about the circumstances surrounding the crash.

(Source: Media Wire - Copyright Chicago Sun-Times 2013.)