Metra trains are extensively delayed after a pedestrian was fatally struck by a freight train at the Metra station in Deerfield Saturday afternoon.
The Deerfield-Bannockburn Fire Protection District, Metra Police Department and Deerfield Police Department responded around 3:15 p.m. Saturday to the Metra station, 860 Deerfield Road in Deerfield.
Train crews reported a subject had possibly intentionally jumped in front of a freight train.
The pedestrian was struck by the train and pronounced dead at the scene, according to officers at the scene. The train tracks were immediately shut down.
Metra said around 3:35 p.m. that inbound and outbound Milwaukee District North line trains were stopped near Lake Cook Road due to the incident.
The Lake County Coroner’s Office was notified and responded to the scene, which was located directly at the train station between the two tracks.
The victim’s identity was not immediately known and the coroner’s office is in the process of scheduling an autopsy.
Metra said in an update at 4:18 p.m. that all Metra trains remained halted and that extensive delays were reported.
Metra reported at 5:17 p.m. that the inbound and outbound trains had resumed travel with extensive delays.
The Deerfield Police Department said the train crossings at Osterman Avenue, Hazel Avenue and Greenwood Avenue were shut down until further notice.
The Metra Police Department and the Canadian Pacific Police Service are investigating the incident.