Authorities say a man was killed after he was hit by a Metra train in Barrington, causing extensive delays on the Union Pacific Northwest Line Sunday morning.
The Barrington Fire Department and Barrington Police Department responded around 11:28 a.m. Sunday to the train tracks across from 1189 South Northwest Highway in Barrington.
Emergency crews received a report of a pedestrian who had been struck by a train.
Metra spokeswoman Meg Reile said it was confirmed that the pedestrian was deceased at the scene.
The incident happened between the Barrington and Palatine Metra stations, approximately two miles south of the Barrington station, on the Union Pacific Northwest Line.
The involved Metra train was halted for approximately two and a half hours, Reile said.
The inbound train, which was occupied with riders, was scheduled to arrive at the Palatine station at 11:25 a.m. after it had left the Barrington station minutes earlier.
A passenger who was sitting at the front of the train reported hearing the train sound its horn before the collision happened.
Reile said it is unknown if the incident was accidental or intentional and the decision will be made by the medical examiner.
The area where the incident happened was a desolate area with Northwest Highway to the north and a neighborhood to the south. Trees line both sides of the tracks in between the roadway and the neighborhood.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said Sunday afternoon the victim was a male and an autopsy was pending.