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Bicyclist hit by Metra train in Des Plaines dies

Police Metrworkers are scene where bicyclist was hit by traNo. 639 UniPacific Northwest Line about 6 p.m.Thursday near Cumberlstation.

Police and Metra workers are at the scene where a bicyclist was hit by train No. 639 on the Union Pacific Northwest Line about 6 p.m.Thursday near the Cumberland station. | Jon Seidel/Sun-Times

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Updated: August 1, 2014 6:30AM

A woman riding a bicycle died Thursday evening when she was hit by a Metra train in northwest suburban Des Plaines.

About 6 p.m., police responded to a report that a train had hit a woman near the Cumberland Station on the Union Pacific Northwest Line, according to a statement from Des Plaines Police.

Officers found the 45-year-old woman’s body on the tracks, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. She was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:15 p.m. Police identified the woman as Amy Carolyn Thier.

The woman was struck by Union Pacific Northwest Line train No. 639, which had left Chicago at 5:12 p.m. and was scheduled to arrive in Barrington at 6:17 p.m., Metra spokesman Michael Gillis said.

Trains in both directions were stopped for about and hour and 20 minutes as crews investigated the scene, Gillis said. Inbound and outbound trains were back on the move shortly after 7 p.m., Metra said.

The police department said it was working with Union Pacific Railroad and Metra to ensure all safety features at the crossing were working properly at the time of the collision.

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