CTA Orange Line hits woman who fell on tracks in McKinley Park

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A woman was critically injured after falling on the tracks and being struck by a CTA Orange Line train in McKinley Park Thursday morning.

The train struck the 29-year-old woman at about 10:24 a.m. on the tracks at the 35th/Archer station, police said. The woman is in critical condition.

Police said the woman was looking at the train schedule while walking backward and fell on the tracks. She laid on the tracks for about four minutes and then the train arrived.

The conductor saw the woman on the tracks at the last minute and stopped the train, but not before the first car of the train hit the woman.

The woman was transported to Mt. Sinai Hospital in critical condition. No other injuries were reported.

Orange Line service was temporarily suspended between Halsted and Midway with shuttle buses running to accommodate affected riders, CTA officials said. Full service resumed with residual delays by about 1:30 p.m.

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