Amtrak Train Strikes, Kills Woman

Sunday, Jul 11, 2010  |  Updated 8:18 PM CDT
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Amtrak Train Strikes, Kills Woman

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NEW YORK - APRIL 2: An Amtrak passenger waits for his train at Penn Station April 2, 2004 in New York City. Security officials have received recent threats regarding the nation's railways. US Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) co-sponsored a bill with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) calling for $570 million for security improvements to six rail tunnels serving New York. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

An Amtrak train hit and killed a woman Sunday afternoon on the Northwest Side, officials said.

The woman was trespassing on a railroad bridge near North Kilbourn Avenue and West Irving Park Road when Amtrak train No. 334 hit him between noon and 12:30 p.m., Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's office identified the woman as 45 year old Margaret Valecke of Mount Prospect.

Paramedics responded to the scene and helped with the recovery of the body, Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford said.

None of the passengers or crew on the train were injured, Magliari said.

Magliari said the train is part of the Hiawatha service, which Amtrak’s Web site indicates operates between Chicago and Milwaukee.

The incident will cause consolidation and cancellations of service.

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