Person fatally struck by Metra UP-North train in Highland Park

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A pedestrian was hit and killed by a train on the Union Pacific North line Friday afternoon in north suburban Highland Park.

About 5 p.m., crew members on northbound Train 335 reported a body near the tracks by West Lincoln Avenue, according to Metra spokeswoman Katie Dahlstrom. Inbound and outbound trains were halted near the Highland Park station for about four hours while authorities investigated.

The person was identified as a 60-year-old woman and pronounced dead at 6:28 p.m., according to the Lake County coroner’s office. An autopsy found her death appeared to be a suicide.

As of Sunday, Metra police were still investigating which train hit her, Dahlstrom said.

Trains began moving again by 9:45 p.m., Metra announced on Twitter.

If you are experiencing emotional distress and need someone to talk to, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at (800) 273-8255.

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