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Freight train fatally strikes pedestrian in Barrington, causing Metra delays

Matthew Apgar file photo – mapgar@shawmedia.com
Passengers sit aboard a Metra train from Chicago at the Pingree Street station Dec. 30, 2015, in Crystal Lake.
Matthew Apgar file photo – mapgar@shawmedia.com Passengers sit aboard a Metra train from Chicago at the Pingree Street station Dec. 30, 2015, in Crystal Lake.

BARRINGTON – A freight train struck and killed a pedestrian Thursday morning in Barrington, causing extensive delays along Metra’s Union Pacific Northwest line through morning rush hour.

Metra issued an alert on its website about 5:30 a.m. that said all inbound trains were stopped near Barrington because of a Canadian National Railway company freight train hitting a pedestrian. According to a Facebook post from the village of Barrington, Barrington police said a 49-year-old woman from the northwest suburbs was fatally struck at 2:38 a.m. Thursday at the Route 14 crossing in Barrington.

“We anticipate extensive delays,” the alert said. “Metra apologizes for this inconvenience.”

Another alert said train No. 626, scheduled to depart Barrington at 7:27 a.m., would not operate. Extra trains were added, and delays lasted almost two hours.

According to Metra’s website, the Chicago Transit Authority will honor Metra tickets at all blue line stations except O’Hare until further notice. Inbound trains resumed service about 7:30 a.m. Thursday.

Barrington police were not available for comment Thursday to discuss the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Check Metra’s website for updates on service.

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