Person struck and killed on Milwaukee West Line

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An inbound Milwaukee West Line train fatally struck a person in west suburban Bensenville this morning, officials said.

Inbound train 2218 struck the person, identified only as a female, around 7:35 a.m. at Center Street near the train depot, according to Metra spokesman Tom Miller.

The train had not been scheduled to stop in Bensenville, Miller said. The train had left Barlett at 7:13 a.m. and was scheduled to arrive in Chicago at 8:18 a.m.

Trains in both directions were stopped near the accident as crews investigated, he said. At about 9:15 a.m., Train 2218 had begun moving and delays were running up to 1 1/2 hours, he said.

Train 2220, scheduled to arrive in Chicago at 8:23 a.m., was about 70 minutes late and stopped near Wood Dale; Train 2222, scheduled to arrive in Chicago at 8:33 a.m., was about 65 minutes late and stopped near Itasca.

Train 2226, scheduled to arrive in Chicago at 9 a.m., was about 50 minutes late and stopped near Roselle, according to the Metra website.

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  • get real

    WTF why would you step in front of a train. If you are trying to kill yourself then do it at home, and if you are just stupid well we can't fix that.

  • Train Rider

    She was not trying to kill herself but should not have crossed in front of a train. You will not win against a train. I witnessed this first hand this morning waiting for a train and I am pretty shaken by what i saw. I spent several hours with her distraught husband as it happened right in front of him. He did try to stop her from crossing telling her to wait. It is a terrible tragedy that really could have been avoided. When the gates are down don't try and cross the tracks! Is it really worth it??

  • DLS

    Very disappointed that once again there was no real coverage of this on the news yesterday.
    More coverage and maybe more people would tink twice before they "run" for the train.
    A women lost her life. Her husband and other innocent bystanders including the engineer witnessed this horrible thing.
    Many commuters were delayed for 2hrs trying to get to their jobs.
    Employers are not understanding these days!