Southbound Amtrak Train 8 struck and killed a man at the west Lake Forest depot at 6:07 p.m. on Sunday. “According to a witness as well as the train’s engineer, the victim walked toward the pedestrian crossing, which is located on the north end of the station’s platform, where he was struck by the train. No identification was made of the victim on-scene,” said Lake Forest Police Deputy Chief Karl Walldorf said
He said the man was deceased when fire and police personnel arrived at the train station, which is located at 911 South Telegraph Road.
Lake Forest Police and the Lake County Coroner’s Office are investigating this incident and are working to identify the victim. When an identification of the victim is made, the Lake County Coroner’s Office will release the information after the victim’s family has been notified.
An Amtrak spokesman said there were 92 passengers on board the train and that the passengers and crew were not injured. The Amtrak train was on the company’s Empire Builder service operating from Seattle to Chicago. It was held for about two hours for the investigation before continuing to Chicago.
Metra spokesman Michael Gillis said two Milwaukee District North Line outbound Metra trains were delayed but that one, No. 2619, was able to back up to Deerfield to let passengers off after the incident. It began moving again at about 7:45 p.m.
GazeboNews will update this story when more information becomes available.