Pedestrian fatally hit by Metra train in Des Plaines

DES PLAINES, Ill. — Metra riders faced delays on Saturday afternoon after a pedestrian was fatally struck by a train in the Northwest suburbs.

According to Metra officials, inbound and outbound Union Pacific Northwest (UP-NW) traffic at Des Plaines was halted at around 3:45 p.m. after train #713 struck a pedestrian.

Des Plaines police said in a Facebook post that the crash occurred near the intersection of Pearson Street and Miner Street, where the tracks cross Pearson.

Police say the pedestrian was male, but did not specify his age, and added that he was taken to the hospital after the incident.

Metra officials later confirmed that the man died after he was taken to the hospital.

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The incident caused extensive delays for riders.

An investigation into the incident is now underway by the Metra Police Department.

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It is the third time a pedestrian has been hit by a UP-NW train in the northwest suburbs in the last month.

On Friday, May 10, a pedestrian was struck near Palatine just before rush hour, and on Monday, May 6, a 56-year-old man from Des Plaines was fatally hit by the #666 train in the 1500 block of Miner Street.

Visit Metra’s website for the latest updates on delays and cancellations.

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