Pedestrian Struck, Killed by Amtrak Train

Michael Horn/NBC Bay Area

A woman was killed Monday afternoon when she stepped into the path of an Amtrak train in west suburban La Grange.

The incident resulted in the cancellation of four trains on Metra's BNSF line, which shares the tracks with Amtrak.

At approximately 3:55 p.m., the woman was struck by the Amtrak train on the BNSF tracks near the Stone Avenue commuter station,  La Grange police said in a statement.

She stepped off the pedestrian platform and walked onto the tracks into the path of the California Zephyr, which was headed into Chicago from Nebraska, police said.

The engineer spotted the woman, but was unable to stop the 9-car train to avoid striking the woman. The woman did not survive the impact with the train, police said.

The woman has been tentatively identified by La Grange police investigators but police are still working to positively identify her and notify family.

The tracks were closed for about 90 minutes. At least four trains on Metra's BNSF line were canceled and two other trains delayed, according to a Metra service advisory.  

No passengers or employees on the train were injured, Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said.

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