Metra trains on move again after pedestrian hit by coal train near Geneva
SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE May 28, 2013 9:02AM
Updated: May 28, 2013 12:45PM
Train service on Metra’s Union Pacific/West Line between Chicago and Elburn was getting back on schedule Tuesday afternoon, more than three hours after a pedestrian was struck by a coal train near the Geneva Metra station.
The incident happened about 8:40 a.m., Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis said, near Peck and Keslinger roads, which is west of the Geneva Metra station.
Davis said a 142-car coal train, heading east from Wyoming to a utility in Wisconsin, struck a “trespasser” there. The train had three locomotives and all the cars were loaded with coal, Davis noted.
This affected both inbound and outbound Metra UP/West trains west of Geneva, according to Metra. The UP/West Line runs between Elburn and the Ogilvie Transportation Center.
For more than three hours there was no train service for UP/West Line commuters between Elburn and Geneva. Through that time though shuttle buses took riders of both inbound and outbound trains between the Elburn and Geneva station, Metra spokesman Tom Miller said.
By about 12:20 p.m. the tracks had been cleared and normal service was being restored on the UP/West line, Miller said.