A 35-year-old Chicago man is being treated at Evanston Hospital after stepping in front of a Metra train as it pulled into the Central Street station Sunday evening.

Paramedics lift the injured pedestrian onto a stretcher (Clif Brown photo)

Evanston Police Cmdr. Tom Guenther says several witnesses on the platform saw the man deliberately step in front of the northbound train as it pulled into the station.

The train engineer was unable to bring the train to a stop in time to avoid the collision.

Witnesses told Evanston Now they heard the train sound a very long blast on its horn as it pulled into the station and saw it come to a halt short of where it normally stops.

Evanston fire paramedics were able to pull the man out from under the first passenger car of the of the train. They took him on a stretcher to an ambulance for transport to the hospital.

Police declined to release the man’s name. Details on his condition were not available.

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Video of the rescue from Clif Brown

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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