Officials: Man Found Dead on CTA Tracks at Fullerton - NBC Chicago

Officials: Man Found Dead on CTA Tracks at Fullerton



    Massive Crowds Flood Busses, Streets Amid CTA Woes

    Massive crowds of Chicago Transit Authority riders were forced out into city streets trying to board busses or find alternate transportation as a police investigation halted several lines at the Fullerton stop Tuesday morning. (Published Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017)

    Train service was halted on the CTA Red, Brown and Purple lines Tuesday morning after a man was found dead on the tracks at the Fullerton station.

    Emergency crews were called to the station about 6:30 a.m. to recover the body of a man, thought to be in his 40s, on the tracks, according to Chicago Fire Department Chief Juan Hernandez and Chicago Police. 

    It was not clear whether the man was struck by a train, but detectives believe the death was a suicide, police said.

    Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said a severed head and a leg on the tracks were reportedly found on the tracks.

    The train stoppage led to packed bus stops, angry tweets and a lot of frustrated commuters. 

    As of 8:15 a.m., Brown Line service was suspended between the Belmont and Merchandise Mart stations, according to the CTA. Red Line service was temporarily suspended between the Belmont and North/Clybourn stations. Purple Line trains were only operating from Linden to Howard. 

    By 9:30 a.m., service was resuming, but delays were still expected.

    Shuttle buses were made available to CTA customers, to provide connecting service through the affected areas.

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