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Metra confirms fatality near Woodstock station

WOODSTOCK – Metra officials confirmed there was a fatality along the Union Pacific Northwest Line Saturday morning as it was heading to the Woodstock train station.

The identity of the deceased and the circumstances of the fatality, whether it was by suicide, has yet to be released by the McHenry County Sheriff's Office, which is handling the investigation.

The fatal incident occurred at 6:55 a.m., said Metra spokeswoman Meg Reile. Train number 702 was scheduled to arrive Ogilvie Transportation Center in downtown Chicago at 8:23 a.m.

Reile said the fatal incident occured while the train was heading to the Woodstock station, 90 Church Street, its second stop.

Departing from Harvard, the train was carrying about 40 passengers. None of the passegers reported injuries. Some passengers were delayed for up to two hours.  

Metra bused the passengers to the Crystal Lake station, the line's next stop after Woodstock. The next train departing from Harvard, train number 704, left 80 minutes late, Reile said.

"It takes time to get the bus to the station (to pick up the passengers) and we don't run as many train lines on the weekends," she said.

Check back with the Northwest Herald for more updates.

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