Seven trains canceled after two fatally hit by BNSF train on West Side

Two people were fatally hit by a BNSF train in Little Village on Thursday night, a male and female were struck on elevated tracks about 4:50 p.m. by an inbound train near 21st and Homan. | Alex Wroblewski / Sun-Times
Two people were fatally hit by a BNSF train in Little Village on Thursday night, a male and female were struck on elevated tracks about 4:50 p.m. by an inbound train near 21st and Homan. | Alex Wroblewski / Sun-Times

Seven BNSF line trains were canceled Thursday night after two people were fatally struck on elevated tracks in the Little Village neighborhood.

A male and a female, whose ages were not immediately known, were struck on elevated tracks about 4:50 p.m. by inbound train no. 1272, near 21st Street and Homan, according to police and Metra. The location is just a mile west of the Western Avenue station, Metra spokeswoman Meg Reile said. The train was scheduled to arrive in Chicago at 4:58 p.m.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed the deaths but could not provide more details Thursday night.

Seven trains, all outbound, were canceled. Check metrarail.com for the full list.

BNSF trains in both directions were initially stopped for about an hour and a half but were moving again by 7:08 p.m. Delays were expected up to two hours, according to Metra. Trains would not stop at the Western Avenue stations for the rest of the night, Metra said.

Riders should consider alternative transportation, such as the Union Pacific West line out of the Ogilvie Transportation Center, Metra said on its website.

Commuters should expect “extended train delays” throughout the evening rush, and crowded conditions at Union Station, Metra said.

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