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Concrete on Union Station falls, hits passenger

As of 7:20 a.m. on Wednesday, tracks #9 and #11 continue to be out of service through the morning commute. Track #13 has been re-opened and is back in service.

Amtrak, the organization that runs Union Station operations, is working to restore tracks #9 and #11.

Milwaukee West, Milwaukee North and North Central service are affected.

For comments from Kirk Dillard, Chairman of the Regional Transit Authority, on the Big John Howell and Ray Stevens show from Wednesday morning, click here.

Union Station is dangerous. The place is falling apart in chunks, showering debris on commuters hurrying through its dim, decaying bowels.

Source: Steinberg: Union Station falling down on commuters’ heads | Chicago Sun-Times

WLS-AM 890 contribution by Jen DeSalvo

Body found near Metra tracks by Bloomingdale Trail

(CHICAGO) A body of a man discovered near Metra tracks on Tuesday near the Bloomingdale Trail on the Northwest side was struck by a train, according to authorities.

A body was first reported by Metra dispatchers at 6:40 a.m. nearby the Bloomindale Trail Western Garden Trailhead in the 1800 block of North Lawndale Avenue, according to Metra and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

He was identified as 45-year-old Jesse Stevenson of the 1100 block of North Springfield, according to the medical examiner’s office. An autopsy Wednesday ruled he died of multiple blunt force injuries after being struck by a train. His death was ruled a suicide.

Metra trains on the Milwaukee District West, Milwaukee District North and North Central lines all use the tracks, as well as freight trains on the Canadian Pacific Railway, Metra said.

Video footage from trains reviewed by Metra police shows the body along the tracks as early as 12:30 a.m., according to Metra. However, investigators have found no evidence that Stevenson was struck by a Metra train.

Metra police are continuing to investigate.