Person Fatally Hit By CTA Purple Line Train In Evanston
By Stephen Gossett in News on Dec 2, 2016 11:24PM
Courtesy of Evanston Fire Department
A person was fatally struck by a Purple Line train at around 4 p.m. near the Foster St. station, according to Evanston police. Service along the line was suspended between Howard and Linden due to the emergency, the CTA said.
The line is operational only between Howard and the Loop, and only running express, as of 6 p.m. on Friday.
The victim was deceased when fire crews responded to the scene, after receiving calls that a person was struck and possibly pinned underneath a train car, Evanston police said in a media release. Authorities are investigating the death as a suicide. Police said they were told by a witness that the victim, believed to be between the ages of 20 and 30, leapt in front of the train.
The CTA urged Purple Line riders to consider using the 201 or 305 buses as an alternate route. Shuttle buses were also made available. Police said the Foster St. platform would be closed while crews investigated.
Service on the Purple Line has been temporarily suspended due to due a medical emergency on the tracks. Consider 201 Central Bus as alt.— cta (@cta) December 2, 2016
You can use shuttle buses, 201 or 205 as alt to Purple Line local service & Red Line as alternative option for Purple Line express.— cta (@cta) December 2, 2016
Purple Line local service remains suspended Linden-Howard due to medical emergency; Purple Line express running w/delays, Howard-Loop, only.— cta (@cta) December 2, 2016
Foster Street CTA person pinned incident. pic.twitter.com/7pc1mFlhg0— Evanston Fire (@EvanstonFD) December 2, 2016
Avoid 900 block of Foster, EFD working a train incident! pic.twitter.com/kVyum6ojpq— Evanston Fire (@EvanstonFD) December 2, 2016