Pedestrian fatally struck by Rock Island Metra train near Joliet

JOLIET, Ill. — Metra trains were halted between New Lenox and Joliet Wednesday evening after a train fatally struck a pedestrian.

Metra officials said four people were on the tracks when the Metra Rock Island train No. 419 came through around 7:15 p.m. and struck one of the four.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office identified the pedestrian as 17-year-old Jacob Manka from Mokena. He was pronounced dead at 8:14 p.m. Wednesday in Joliet. An autopsy revealed Manka died of multiple injuries as a result of being struck by a train.

The people who were on the tracks were between 16 and 20 years old. It is unclear why they were on the tracks.

The incident is under investigation.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.