JOLIET, Ill. – Two people have been killed after being struck by a suburban Chicago commuter train.
One body was recovered Wednesday night, and emergency personnel from 20 different police and fire departments scoured a 1.5-mile stretch of Hickory Creek on Thursday for the body of the second victim.
Metra spokeswoman Meg Reile says the search was suspended after the creek’s conditions became too dangerous. She said the search would resume once water levels subside.
Authorities say the victims were part of a small group that was trespassing Wednesday evening on tracks over a trestle bridge when the Metra train approached from behind. A third person was not injured.
Reile said the train’s engineer told officials “three kids” were standing alongside the tracks and began to run in front of the train. The engineer put the train into emergency stopping mode, but “at that point, it was too late.”
The Metra Rock Island train runs between Chicago and Joliet.