Evanston Fire Chief Brian Scott says fire crews transported a woman to Evanston Hospital about 1:30 this afternoon from the Central Street Metra Station.


Update 4:30 p.m.: Deputy Fire Chief Paul Polep says the 62-year-old woman, who was not an Evanston resident, appeared to have been hit by a train. But he said it seems the woman may have suffered a heart attack before being struck and it did not appear the incident involved a suicide attempt.

He said that because there appeared to have been no witnesses to the incident its still not clear exactly what happened and that Metra police are investigating.

Polep says efforts at the hospital to reviver her ultimately were unsuccessful.


Scott says the woman was in full cardiac arrest when paramedics reached her.

Trains on the Metra Union Pacific North line were delayed for a while by the incident and as of 2:15 p.m. were running about 20 to 30 minutes behind schedule.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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