Taft High School student struck, killed by Metra train near Norwood Park

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A 17-year-old boy was on his way to school when he was struck and killed by a Metra train near the Norwood Park station Friday morning.

Erik Lucansky was trying to cross the tracks at Avondale and Bryn Maw Avenues just before 7 a.m. when he was struck by a train.

Police say he was walking with a female relative, who was not injured.

Officials say Lucansky was wearing earphones and may not have heard the train.

He was taken in critical condition to Lutheran General Hospital , and later died.

Lucansky was a student at Taft High School, and this message was posted to the school’s website:

It is with heavy hearts that we must inform the Taft community of the passing of one of our students. Erik Lucansky was tragically struck by a train and killed while crossing the tracks at Bryn Mawr and Avondale on his way to school. Grief Counselors have been made available in the school and are currently meeting with students and staff. Please join us in offering Erik’s family our deepest sympathy in this time of sorrow.

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