UPDATED 10/26/11 11:29 a.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — A deer found its way onto the CTA rail tracks in the middle of the Kennedy Expressway early Wednesday, only to be struck and killed by a train.

The Blue Line train, headed to O’Hare, struck and killed a deer near the Cumberland station around 3:15 a.m., Chicago Transit Authority spokeswoman Catherine Hoskinski said.

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Blue Line trains were halted for 13 minutes after the accident, Hosinski said.

Crews responded to remove the deer’s carcass and trains are running normally again by 4 a.m., Hosinski said.

Meanwhile, the State of Illinois says the number of deer hit by cars and trucks was down 9 percent last year. The state says there were more than 17,000 car crashes involving deer – the lowest number since 1999.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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