Pedestrian fatally struck by Metra train in New Lenox
BY SUSAN DEMAR LAFFERTY firstname.lastname@example.org April 1, 2013 9:40AM
Updated: May 3, 2013 6:11AM
A pedestrian was struck and killed by a Metra train at 5:45 a.m. Monday in New Lenox, shutting down service on the Rock Island Line for one hour during the morning rush, officials said.
The fatality occurred about a half-mile east of Schoolhouse Road, in an area where there is no street crossing, after Metra’s train No. 402 had left New Lenox and was en route to Mokena, Metra spokesman Tom Miller said.
The person’s identity and a ruling on the cause and manner of death had not been released as of early Monday evening.
The delays left many commuters anxious about getting to work. About 25 people waited on the platform at Joliet Union Station for a 9:07 a.m. train that was about 35 minutes behind.
“I’m trying to decide if I should go back home and work,” said Joseph Credle, of Joliet. “I figured by this time everything would be back to normal.”
About 9:30 a.m., an announcement said an outbound train should arrive by 9:42 a.m.
Credle decided to wait, as did Sterling Washington, of Joliet.
“I make my own schedule,” he said.
Contributing: Janet Lundquist