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Death investigation underway after body found near railroad tracks in Lake Forest

Police respond to the area of Franklin Place East & North Western Avenue in Lake Forest for a person who was possibly hit by a train Wednesday morning. | Photo: Max Weingardt.

Trains have resumed after a Metra train crew spotted a body near the tracks in Lake Forest Wednesday morning.

The Lake Forest Police Department and Lake Forest Fire Department responded around 8:45 a.m. Wednesday to Franklin Place East and North Western Avenue.

The crew of Metra train 315 on Metra’s Union Pacific North line reported seeing a body on the west side of the tracks, according to a Metra spokesperson.

UP-North trains in both directions were halted while the Lake Forest Police Department and Metra Police Department responded to investigate.

Police respond to the area of Franklin Place East & North Western Avenue in Lake Forest for a person who was possibly hit by a train Wednesday morning. | Photo: Max Weingardt.

Authorities said that the body appeared to have been struck by a previous train, however, it was too early to confirm.

Police at the scene were using a drone to assist with the investigation.

The Lake County Coroner’s Office was called to the scene and will be scheduling an autopsy on the person.

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Train service resumed around 11:15 a.m. and Metra said that inbound and outbound UP-North trains may be operating 15-30 minutes behind schedule due to the incident.


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