Woman killed by train in Woodstock

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(H. Rick Bamman - hbamman@nwherald.com)
First responders investigate the scene after a woman was killed Monday after being struck by a east bound Metra train at the Short Street crossing.

WOODSTOCK – A woman was struck and killed today by a Metra train in downtown Woodstock.

The incident happened just before 2 p.m. near Short Street, according to a news release from the Woodstock Police Department.

Emergency officials from the department, Woodstock Fire and the McHenry County Coroner's Office have been investigating the scene throughout the afternoon.

As of 3:45 p.m. the coroner's office had not yet identified the woman.

The train was inbound to Chicago. Metra said on its website that buses would be provided to commuters on the No. 619 outbound train headed to Harvard. Train No. 648, which was scheduled to arrive in Chicago at 4:23 p.m., was 10 to 15 minutes behind schedule.

This is the third recent train-pedestrian fatality in McHenry County. Metra Executive Director Phil Pagano intentionally stepped in front of a train near his rural Crystal Lake home in May; another Crystal Lake man, Marty A. Difusco, was killed three weeks later.

Read Tuesday's Northwest Herald for more on this incident.

– Diana Sroka

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