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Normal Red Line service restored after person hit near 63rd Street stop

A Chicago resident has started an online petition asking Metra and the Chicago Transit Authority to install calming blue lights at all train stations as a way to prevent train suicides.

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Red Line L service returned to normal Wednesday morning after a man was struck and killed by a train.

The 26-year-old was hit by a southbound train about 5:30 a.m. near the Red Line station platform at 63rd Street, according to Chicago Fire Department District Chief Juan Hernandez and Chicago Transit Authority spokeswoman Katherine Hosinski.

He was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he died, Chicago police said.

The operator of the train suffered minor injuries and was taken to St. Bernard Hospital, according to Chief Hernandez.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office has not released a ruling on the cause and manner of his death were pending further investigation.

Train service was suspended until 6:40 a.m. from 47th Street to 95th Street. Trains operated with residual delays until normal service was restored about 8:30 a.m.

Police were conducting a death investigation.