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Woman killed by Red Line train while trying to get dropped phone

Full Red Line service resumed with residual delays shortly after 3 p.m.

A woman was fatally hit by a CTA Red Line train June 27, 2019.
Sun-Times file photo

A woman was fatally struck by a Red Line train Thursday in Englewood while trying to retrieve her phone after dropping it on the tracks.

Felon Smith, 37, dropped her phone about 12:40 p.m. at the 69th Street station, 15 W. 69th St., according to Chicago police and fire officials and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

She climbed down to get it and was hit by an approaching northbound train, authorities said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

An autopsy released Friday found she died of multiple injuries from being struck by a train, the medical examiner’s office said. Her death was ruled accidental.

Red Line service was suspended for over two hours, the Chicago Transit Authority said.

Security video of the event was released and showed a private security guard standing by as Smith was struck.