Metra train hits, kills pedestrian, stops for several hours Thursday

Metra service on the Metra Union Pacific North Line, which is commonlly used by students, stopped for several hours Thursday night when a train hit a pedestrian, according to a bulletin posted on the Metra’s Web site. The event occurred on the North Side of Chicago at about 5 p.m.

Within an hour after the accident, local news outlets reported the pedestrian had been killed.

Outbound train service was stopped after the accident and resumed at around 7:15 p.m., running 110 minutes behind schedule, according to the Web site.

Some students were impacted by the delay. Weinberg sophomore Jon Christensen said he was taking the Metra train home from his Chicago Field Studies site, as he does every day, at the time of the accident. He was behind the train that hit the person.

“About 200 yards before the Ravenswood stop, they stopped the train completely for about an hour and a half,” he said.

Eventually, Christensen’s train arrived at Ravenswood, where he had to get off and board another train, which was only making limited stops. Luckily, he said, the Davis Street stop was among those that were made.

An autopsy on the pedestrian is scheduled for Friday.

– Ben Geier