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Man Struck, Killed By Train On Red Line Tracks

CHICAGO (CBS) -- A 27-year-old Glenview man was hit and killed by a Red Line 'L' train in Rogers Park early Thursday.

Dimitri Juspe, 27, of the 10300 block of Michael Todd Terrace in Glenview, was struck and killed by the train in around 1:20 a.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office. The southbound train was approaching the Loyola station at the time, and was passing over Columbia Avenue half a block south of Pratt Boulevard.

Juspe was right in the middle of the tracks when he was hit, and was not anywhere near a platform, Chicago Transit Authority officials said.

He was initially taken to Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston in critical condition, but was pronounced dead there at 3:07 a.m., according to Fire Media Affairs and the medical examiner's office.

The train's conductor told police he saw the man sit down on the tracks before he was hit, police said.

The train operator was also taken to Saint Francis for observation because of shock from the incident but was not injured, authorities said. No one aboard the train was hurt.

The incident halted normal Red and Purple line trains for more than two hours, but service resumed by about 3:40 a.m., CTA spokeswoman Catherine Hosinski said.

Area North detectives are investigating Juspe's death, and an autopsy is scheduled for later Thursday.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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