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Tuesday, April 4, 2017
The Chicago Fire Department responded to a person struck on the CTA Red Line today at the Grand Ave. station, 521 N. State. Upon arrival of CFD personnel, it was discovered that a woman had been struck by a north-bound train. CFD discovered that the person struck was a woman estimated to be in her 50s.
Larry Langford, Director of Media Affairs for the fire department, told reporters that, based on witness statements, the woman’s death was believed to be a suicide. The woman was removed from the station by around 3:15PM, and transported to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office on the city's west side in what is known as the Medical District.
The CTA Motorman operating the train was said to have been "a little distraught" and was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for observation. Train operators - "Motormen" or "Engineers" as they are commonly known, report to work each day knowing that those who suffer from any number of psychiatric or other conditions, and the presence of those who are just not paying attention to their environment will mean they will eventually be the one who accidentally takes another human being's life.
Read the Chicago Tribune piece by John Hilkevitch, posted at the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, called, "When Death Rides The Rails"
If YOU or anyone you know are struggling, and you want help, go to the National Suicide Prevention Site, or call 1-800-273-8255. There is also the same resource for those who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. Resource for Spanish Speakers.
Chicago - One reached out to the CTA and Cook County Medical Examiner's Office for comment, but did not hear back by print time. Should these sources comment, this article will be updated.