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Metra UPN Fatally Strikes Pedestrian Thursday Morning, Leading To 'Extensive' Delays

By Rachel Cromidas in News on Sep 14, 2017 2:53PM

Highwood Metra Station, photo by Adam Moss via Wikimedia Commons

A Metra Union Pacific-North train fatally struck a pedestrian around 5:00 a.m. Thursday morning in suburban Highwood.

The train was heading inbound to Ogilvie Transportation Center and scheduled to arrive there around 5:23 a.m., but stopped after striking the pedestrian just south of the Highwood Metra station. Metra temporarily halted UPN train service, and now trains are running with "extensive delays," according to a Metra alert.

Among the delays, Train No. 302, which was scheduled to arrive at Ogilvie at 6:15 a.m., was running over 140 minutes behind schedule after stopping to take on passengers who were on the train that hit the pedestrian, according to the Sun-Times.

As of 9:27 a.m., Metra had restored train service throughout the line, including to Highwood. Metra recommends that, for safety, passengers "stand behind the yellow line as trains approach your station and listen to platform announcements for operational changes and delay times" or refer to the Track Your Train feature on Metra's website.