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Metra: Pedestrian fatally struck by train in Forest Glen

(CHICAGO) A pedestrian was fatally struck by a Metra train late Wednesday in the Northwest Side Forest Glen neighborhood, according to the transit agency.

The person was struck by an inbound Milwaukee District North train about 11:30 p.m. near the Forest Glen station, 5310 N. Forest Glen Ave., a Metra spokeswoman said.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office could not confirm the death early Thursday.

The inbound train was stopped for about 2 hours, according to Metra. The last outbound train departed 90 minutes late.

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Two Separate Fatal Metra Pedestrian Incidents over the Weekend

(PALATINE) A man was fatally struck by a train headed for Chicago Friday night in northwest suburban Palatine.

The 24-year-old man was struck about 9:30 p.m. on Friday night by an inbound Union Pacific/Northwest Line train at Hicks Road, about halfway between the Palatine and Arlington Park stations, according to Metra spokesman Michael Gillis and Palatine police.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office confirmed the fatality, but withheld the man’s identity Sunday evening pending notification of his family.

Trains in both directions were temporarily stopped Friday night.

The following day, a man was killed when an inbound Metra train on the Rock Island District line struck a vehicle Sunday evening in the Morgan Park neighborhood on the Far South Side.

Inbound train No. 126 struck the vehicle just before 7:14 p.m. near 119th Street, according to Metra spokesman Michael Gillis.

A man, whose exact age was not known, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Chicago Police and fire officials. The Cook County medical examiner’s office could not immediately confirm the death.

Train No. 126 was on the move again as of 8:45 p.m. Outbound train No. 327 scheduled to arrive in Joliet at 8:50 was canceled. Riders will be accommodated by train No. 127, scheduled to arrive in Joliet at 9:50 p.m.

Lake Shore Drive Overnight Lane Closures

By Jen DeSalvo, WLS-AM 890 Traffic and Transportation

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(CHICAGO) Beginning April 18, closures are expected for both directions of Lake Shore Drive for pedestrian bridge construction work. Traffic will be reduced to two lanes in one direction at a time, on weeknights from Sunday through Thursday from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. through June 30, 2016.

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For more information, follow this link to the previous story: Lake Shore Drive Bridge and Lane Closures to Begin this Week | WLS-AM 890 | WLS-AM

UPDATE: Cops say bus driver ran red light in deadly CTA bus crash

(CHICAGO) A woman was killed Tuesday when a CTA bus ran a red light and drove onto a crowded sidewalk near Michigan Avenue and Lake Street in the evening rush hour, leaving the bus driver and seven others injured, officials said.

About 5:50 p.m., the No. 148 Clarendon/Michigan Express bus was heading eastbound on Lake Street when it crashed at Michigan Avenue, CTA spokesman Brian Steele said.

The bus was initially stopped at a red light, but then proceeded through the light, striking two pedestrians and at least three other vehicles before jumping the curb, Chicago Police said. The accordion-style bus came to rest on the sidewalk on the north side of Lake Street, east of Michigan.

Nine people, including the 48-year-old man driving the bus and two pedestrians, were injured in the crash. No one except for the driver was on the CTA bus at the time, authorities said.

One pedestrian, 51-year-old Aimee Coath, of the 2600 block of Central Drive in Flossmoor, was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 6:07 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Everyone else injured in the crash suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

The driver was issued citations for failure to stop at a red light and failure to exercise due care, police said. He has been with the CTA for less than a year, Steele said, adding that it was not known how long he had been driving the No. 148 route.

Evanston resident Julie Larkin works in the Michigan Plaza building near the site of the crash, and said she was in a first-floor CVS when she heard a scream and then “a horrible thuddy crash.”

She ran outside to see the bus driver with his eyes closed, apparently unconscious. Several good Samaritans got on the bus to check on him while she called 911.

“I’ll never forget that scream,” Larkin said.

Investigators are analyzing video footage from a camera on board that shows the interior of the bus, Steele said.

The police Major Accident Investigation Unit is also looking into the crash.

Parts of Michigan Avenue and Lake Street were closed to traffic for several hours Tuesday evening as emergency crews responded.

The CTA rerouted several buses around the crash scene Tuesday night, but normal service has resumed as of about 9:15 p.m.

Man charged with DUI for crash that killed 3-year-old boy

(CICERO) A Cicero man has been charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance in connection with a crash in 2013 that killed a 3-year-old boy in the Archer Heights neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

Erick Ochoa, 24, has been charged with a felony count of aggravated DUI involving a death, according to a statement from Chicago Police. He was also cited for driving on a suspended license and failing to stop at a stop sign.

About 10:20 p.m. on July 20, 2013, 3-year-old Jimmy Lomas ran onto the street from between two parked cars and was struck by Ochoa’s vehicle, police said.

Lomas, of the 300 block of 27th Avenue in Bellwood, was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where he was pronounced dead at 11:11 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Ochoa, of the 1300 block of South 50th Avenue in Cicero, was initially cited after the crash with failure to yield to a pedestrian in the roadway, but the investigation later determined he had been under the influence of a controlled substance, police said.

He was arrested Sunday after he was stopped for a traffic violation, police said. Ochoa is scheduled to appear in bond court Tuesday.