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Woman dies after falling onto Red Line tracks; normal service resuming

Officers responded to reports of a person on the tracks at the Roosevelt station and found a woman under a rail with signs of electrocution, Chicago police said.

People on the tracks at Roosevelt
Authorities responded to the Roosevelt station Aug. 30, 2019, in the South Loop for reports of someone hit by a train.
Chicago Fire Department

Normal CTA Red Line service is resuming after a woman who fell on the tracks at the South Loop Roosevelt station died and two people were hospitalized, authorities said.

About 5:46 a.m., officers responded to the 1100 block of South State Street for reports of a person on the tracks at the Roosevelt station, Chicago police said. They found a woman under a rail in the restricted area with signs of electrocution.

Ebony Redmond, 35, was pronounced dead at the scene, police and the Cook County medical examiner’s said. An autopsy conducted Saturday ruled her death an accident, saying she died of electrocution by falling onto the third rail.

Two Chicago Transit Authority employees, a man and a woman, suffered panic attacks and were taken to Mercy Hospital where their conditions were stabilized, according to police and the Chicago Fire Department.

Service was suspended shortly before 6 a.m. for the emergency at the Roosevelt station, the CTA said in an alert.

Trains bypassed Roosevelt while authorities investigated, but normal service to all stations resumed with residual delays by 9:14 a.m., the CTA said.