Metra Train Strikes, Kills Pedestrian In Vernon Hills

UPDATED 09/15/11 8:16 a.m.

VERNON HILLS, Ill. (CBS) — A train struck and killed a pedestrian early Thursday in Vernon Hills, prompting authorities to halt the train and leaving early-morning commuters delayed.

CBS 2’s Kris Habermehl reports Metra North Central Service Line train No. 100 left Vernon Hills at 5:50 a.m., and soon afterward struck the pedestrian at Butterfield Road south of Illinois Route 60. The train had been due into Chicago at 6:55 a.m., but was halted after the accident.

The pedestrian was killed, Habermehl reported. Further details on the pedestrian were not available.

No one on the train was injured.

All trains behind the one that hit the pedestrian were also be stopped until the Lake County coroner’s office could respond to the scene.

Also, Butterfield Road was closed south of Illinois 60 until further notice, as Vernon Hills, Mundelein and Metra police investigated.

Later, passengers were placed on another train No. 104, which was to arrive at 7:47 a.m., while No. 102, which did not take any of the patients from No. 100, arrived in Chicago 35 minutes late at 7:25 a.m., Metra spokesman Tom Miller told the Sun-Times Media Wire. After that, service returned to normal.

  • Janet

    ” No one on the train was injured, but many people were seen on their cell phones after the accident, notifying people they would be late.”

    I thought it was the funnies sentence I have read in a while.

  • Sarah

    Response to Janet’s observation: That statement is hardly funny. What a cold and a sad commentary on the general indifference we show to ward our fellow man’s suffering…the engineer’s that go through this are traumatized and some poor soul is dead on purpose or through stupidity and carelessness. We just don’t care about our neighbors-each person we see each day. I woke to the sounds of helicopters hovering over my home and found out why by calling the Vernon Hills police. My husband and I were alarmed frm the start that something horrible had happened and it did. They are in my prayers.

  • Brad

    Nice observations Sarah – your comments were just as inappropriate as Janets. Just so you both know, it was a smart young woman that was hit by the train. She was going for an early morning jog before she went to work. It was DARK and if you know the area, it’s not that easy to see a train coming from that direction. Yes, she was probably wearing her Ipod but I’m sure she wasn’t being careless on purpose. She worked for a great company and her co-workers were devastated when they heard the news today. Both of your comments rubbed me the wrong way (stupidity – really Sarah). You both need to grow up and organize your thoughts before you spill them on a public website.

  • Roy

    I’m familiar with the crossing where this occurred, and it doesn’t seem likely that the individual could have missed all of the warning signs. Even with her headphones on at full blast, the sound of the engine’s approach along with its horn, and not to mention the audible warnings at the crossing signal should have been more than enough to invoke a bit of caution if not alarm on the individual’s part. Something tells me she either jumped the crossing or was jogging in close proximity to the tracks. Of course it’s a terrible thing that she died from this, but it’s no one’s fault but her own that she willingly chose to ignore the warnings and jeopardized both her own life and everyone on the train.

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