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Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Woman, 70, killed by Pink Line train while trying to cross tracks in Cicero

A 70-year-old woman was struck by a Pink Line train in Cicero Monday morning as she tried to cross the tracks near West 22nd Street and Cicero Avenue, officials said.
The woman, later identified as a Cicero resident, was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital where she later was pronounced dead, according to Ray Hanania, a spokesman for Cicero.


As the woman approached the tracks, “the crossing guards were down as the train was approaching the station,” Hanania wrote in an email to the Tribune.
“She was hit and knocked over by the train,” coming in contact with the side of the train as it approached the station, Hanania wrote.
The Chicago Transit Authority responded about 8:45 a.m. and shut off power to the Pink Line, stopping service during the morning commute amid blizzardlike conditions.
Cicero police and firefighters responded to help the woman and investigate the accident.
A CTA spokeswoman said additional buses were requested in the area to provide service to the route between the 54th Street/Cermak station and the Cicero station. Commuters were urged to use the No. 21 bus as an alternate means of transportation during the service disruption.
The CTA later tweeted that the route had resumed normal operations, but did not note what time service resumed.

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