The view of the Union Pacific North tracks from Central Street station in Evanston on Monday, April 24. Credit: Duncan Agnew

A southbound Union Pacific North train hit and killed a man at Evanston’s Central Street Metra station just after 9 a.m. Monday morning, police and the transportation agency confirmed to the RoundTable.

Local law enforcement authorities and Metra security responded to the scene and interviewed witnesses as part of an ongoing investigation into the nature of the man’s death, a Metra spokesperson said. The agency did not immediately say on Monday what exactly caused the crash or if the victim had intentionally walked onto the tracks.

Yellow caution tape tied to the railing outside the Central Street Metra station still remained on Monday afternoon, after first responders and law enforcement had left the scene. Credit: Duncan Agnew

The train was moving between Wilmette and the Davis station in Evanston at the time, but it was not scheduled to stop at Central, the spokesperson said.

Metra completely shut down Union Pacific North trains for about two hours, until 11 a.m. A few morning trips had to be canceled, but the afternoon and evening commute was fully staffed with normal hours and train schedules, the agency said.

No other identifying information about the man was available as of Monday night, and the Metra spokesperson did not know if he was an Evanston resident.

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Duncan Agnew

Duncan Agnew covers Evanston public schools, affordable housing, City Hall and more for the RoundTable. He also writes long-form investigations, features and the morning email newsletter three times a...

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