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Metra confirms train fatality

WOODSTOCK – Metra officials confirmed a fatality along the Union Pacific Northwest Line on Saturday while a train was heading to the Woodstock station.

The identity of the deceased and the circumstances of the fatality were not being released Saturday night by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, which is handling the investigation.

The incident occurred at 6:55 a.m., said Metra spokeswoman Meg Reile. Train No. 702 was scheduled to arrive at Ogilvie Transportation Center in downtown Chicago at 8:23 a.m.

Reile said the train was on its way to the Woodstock station, 90 Church St., its second stop.

The train was carrying about 40 passengers after it left Harvard. Some were delayed for up to two hours.

Metra bused the passengers to the Crystal Lake station, the line’s next stop. The next train departing from Harvard, train No. 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.

– Northwest Herald

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