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Body that slowed CTA trains for hours ID’d as 41-year-old Niles man

Commuters wait to board buses at the Belmont CTA station Aug. 15. Southbound trains had been halted after a body was found on the tracks at Fullerton. The commuting nightmare was made worse when fares on the ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft spiked in the wake of the incident. | Emily Moon/For the Sun-Times

The body of a man found on the CTA tracks near the Fullerton station in Lincoln Park on Tuesday morning has been identified as a 41-year-old north suburban resident.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office identified the man as Dragan Andelkovic of the 8100 block of West Lyons in Niles.

Thousands of North Side commuters were late for work Tuesday after Andelkovic was discovered on CTA train tracks near the Sheffield and Fullerton station, snarling rail traffic for hours during the heart of the morning rush.

Southbound train service was halted on the Red, Brown and Purple lines for nearly three hours.

On Thursday, Uber and Lyft announced they would be refunding fares to hundreds of riders who paid $70 or more for a ride downtown because of surge pricing at both ride-hailing services.

The area under the Belmont CTA station became crowded and the situation grew tense as commuters tried to get downtown Tuesday. | Emily Moon/For the Sun-Times

Emergency crews were called about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday to recover Andelkovic’s body, Chicago Fire Department Chief Juan Hernandez said.

A source familiar with the incident said Andelkovic laid down on the tracks to commit suicide by touching the third rail and was later run over by a train.

The results of an autopsy conducted Wednesday were pending further investigation.