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Metra Train Strikes Pedestrian Near Highwood, Causes Extensive Delays

CHICAGO (CBS) -- A Metra train on the Union Pacific North Line fatally struck a pedestrian early Thursday near north suburban Highwood, causing extensive delays throughout the morning commute.

Inbound train No. 300, scheduled to arrive at Ogilvie Transportation Center at 5:23 a.m., was stopped shortly before 5 a.m. after striking a pedestrian south of the Highwood station, 317 Green Bay Rd., according to an alert from Metra.

The pedestrian was killed, according to the Lake County coroner's office. Additional information was not available.

All inbound train movement was subsequently halted south of the station, the transit agency said.

Trains were on the move again by 7:30 a.m., but not stopping at the Highwood station and operating with "extensive" delays, Metra said. Train No. 302, scheduled to arrive in Chicago at 6:15 a.m., accommodated passengers from train No. 300 and was running at least 140 minutes behind schedule.

The CTA was honoring Metra tickets throughout the morning commute on the Purple Line, near the Wilmette and Evanston stations from Linden to Howard; on the Red Line, near the Jarvis, Morse and Howard stations; and on the Brown Line at Damen, Metra said.

The Highwood Police Department did not immediately respond to requests for additional details on the incident.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2017. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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