A woman on the tracks just north of the Central Street station on the Union Pacific/North Line was struck and killed by a Metra commuter train a little after 2 p.m. Thursday, July 14.

Central Street station in Evanston Credit: Alex Harrison

Witnesses said the woman was laying across the tracks, in what appears to be but has not yet been officially called a suicide.

Metra trains in both directions were stopped in Evanston for nearly two hours, after the woman was killed as train #342 was headed into the station at Central Street near Livingston Street, according to Michael Gillis, Director of Communications for Metra.

Evanston and Fire departments were called to the scene, according to the EPD and in a Tweet sent at 2:14 p.m. announcing the shutdown of the commuter line. At 3:24 p.m., the EPD tweeted: “Incident and scene turned over to @Metra PD” for further investigation.

Gillis said one of the two tracks was reopened around 4 p.m.

Susy Schultz is the editor of the Evanston Roundtable. She has been a journalist for more than 20 years, and is the former president of Public Narrative, a nonprofit dedicated to teaching journalists and...