The coroner has identified a Grayslake woman who was killed by an express Metra train after incorrectly believing it was stopped while crossing the tracks in North Chicago Monday.
An autopsy performed Monday showed Christina Egidi, 57, of Grayslake, died as a result of blunt force injuries, according to Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek.
The North Chicago Police Department, Metra Police Department and North Chicago Fire Department responded around 9 a.m. Monday to North Chicago Metra Station, 1633 Lakeside Avenue.
Police radio traffic indicated a pedestrian had been struck by a train on the pedestrian walkway.
A 911 caller reported the victim was “beyond help,” according to fire department radio traffic.
Paramedics arrived and confirmed the female victim, later identified as Egidi, was deceased.
Metra spokeswoman Meg Reile said the pedestrian was struck by Metra train #320, which was running delayed and had intended to start its run at 8:29 a.m. in Highland Park.
The train struck the pedestrian after leaving the Waukegan yard while en route to Highland Park, Reile said.
The Lake County Coroner’s Office was notified and responded to the scene.
A witness reported a woman had tried crossing the pedestrian walkway before the train passed but did not make it, according to police radio traffic.
Banek said an investigation shows Egidi was attempting to cross the tracks when she was struck by the train, which she had mistaken for a train stopping at the station.
Officers were not allowing trains to stop at the North Chicago Metra Station Monday morning into the afternoon due to the incident.
Commuters had to board and get off at Waukegan or Great Lakes stations while trains bypassed North Chicago.
Several trains on the Metra UP-N line were delayed or canceled due to the collision, Metra reported.
The incident remains under investigation by the Metra Police Department and the Lake County Coroner’s Office.