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Man, 18, killed by freight train on SW Side

He was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn at 4:41 a.m. after being struck by a freight train on the CSX tracks near 87th Street and Central Park Avenue.

A person was hit by a train Aug. 27, 2019, on the CSX railroad tracks near 87th Street and Central Park Avenue.
A person was hit by a train Aug. 27, 2019, on the CSX railroad tracks near 87th Street and Central Park Avenue.
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A man was fatally struck by a freight train Tuesday on the Southwest Side.

The train hit a “pedestrian trespasser” about 3 a.m. on the CSX tracks just north of 87th Street near Central Park Avenue, according to a statement from CSX.

The 18-year-old was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Merritt and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

He was pronounced dead at 3:45 a.m., the medical examiner’s office said. An autopsy found he died from multiple injuries from being struck by a train.

“CSX appreciates the swift response by local emergency personnel and extends its deepest sympathies to those impacted by this tragic event,” CSX said. “At CSX, safety is our top priority in communities where we operate. Incidents like these are a reminder to the public that any activity on or near railroad tracks can be dangerous.”