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(STMW) — A woman who jumped to her death from an 11th-floor balcony near a Metra station Thursday night on the Near West Side halted trains for about 30 minutes, authorities said.

The 26-year-old woman jumped from the building in the 1500 block of South Blue Island Avenue at 5:38 p.m., authorities said. The building is near a Metra station.

Metra Burlington Northern Santa Fe trains were stopped for about 30 minutes because of police activity near the Western Avenue station, Metra spokesman Michael Gillis said.

Trains began running again about 6:45 p.m. and are currently delayed between 10 and 40 minutes, according to Metra’s website.

The woman was dead on the scene, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. Her identity was being withheld Thursday night pending notification of relatives.

Area Central detectives are conducting a death investigation.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2013. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)