Mt. Prospect woman walking on tracks struck, killed by train


A woman walking on railroad tracks in Chicago died after she was struck by an Amtrak train Sunday afternoon, officials said.

Cook County medical examiner's office officials declined to immediately release her name, but Associated Press reports identified the woman as a 45-year-old Mount Prospect resident.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said the incident happened about noon, eight miles south of Union Station. He said Amtrak's Hiawatha line was heading from Milwaukee to Union Station when it hit the woman, who was trespassing while she walked on the tracks with her back to the train.

Magliari said there were no injuries to Amtrak passengers or crew. He said the train was delayed from reaching its final destination by about 90 minutes and that the incident forced cancellation of one Chicago-to-Milwaukee round trip.

Information from Amtrak crew members indicated the woman did not try to get out of the train's path, Magliari said.


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