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Emergency crews, police drone respond after report of pedestrian struck by train in Lake Forest

File Photo – Lake Forest Metra Station.

Emergency crews along with a police drone responded Tuesday evening in Lake Forest to search for a pedestrian possibly struck by a train, which turned out to be unfounded, officials said.

The Lake Forest Fire Department and Lake Forest Police Department responded around 8:40 p.m. Tuesday to East Woodland Road and Western Avenue.

A Metra stopped on the east side of the train tracks after the engineer reported that he believed his train struck a female pedestrian who ran across the tracks in front of his train.

The incident happened north of Woodland Road, which is north of the Lake Forest Union Pacific North line station.

Police and fire personnel checked the length of the tracks but could not locate anyone who had been struck, police officials said.

Out of an abundance of caution, the Highland Park Police Department’s drone and pilot were called to the scene to help search.

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Together with a Northbrook PD co-pilot, they checked the length of the tracks from the air and could not find a victim. The Metra Police Department also responded to the scene.

Police also contacted local hospitals and no one with injuries from a potential collision was admitted to the emergency room.

The train was stopped for approximately two hours during the incident, according to Metra, who reported inbound and outbound trains began moving again with delays by 10:45 p.m.