Train hits, kills pedestrian




By Jeremy Gorner
Tribune staff reporter

June 18, 2007, 5:14 PM CDT

Authorities this morning identified a Chicago man who was killed Sunday night by an Amtrak train on the city's Northwest Side.

Carlos Vega, 21, of the 2200 block of North Karlov Avenue was struck at about 8:45 p.m. as he was walking along tracks at Fullerton Avenue and Pulaski Road, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

Amtrak Train No. 342—carrying 48 passengers and crewmembers—was headed to Union Station from Milwaukee when it hit the pedestrian, said Karina Romero, an Amtrak spokeswoman. No one aboard the train was hurt.

The train was delayed about 90 minutes as authorities investigated the scene, Romero said.

The accident also delayed Metra's Milwaukee District North Line Train No. 2153, which departed from Union Station at 8:35 p.m. and was stopped for more than an hour at the Healy Station near the incident site, said Metra spokesman Patrick Waldron.

The medical examiner's office determined Vega's death was accidental, but it's unclear how the train hit him.

Chicago police, who were sent to the scene immediately following Vega's death, could not provide further details this afternoon.

Tribune staff reporter Jason Meisner contributed.


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