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Man struck, killed by Orange Line train

Staff report

6:30 PM CDT, May 17, 2013

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Part of the CTA's Orange Line on the Southwest Side was shut down this afternoon after a man was run over and killed by a train, authorities said.

The CTA received reports of a person who made contact with a northbound train north of the Orange Line's Halsted stop about 4:30 p.m., said CTA spokeswoman Catherine Hosinski. The person was dead on the scene, near Archer Avenue and 23rd Place, according to the Chicago Fire Department's news office.

The man, in his 40s, was believed to have been walking on the tracks when he was struck by the train, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Amina Greer, citing preliminary information.

Power was shut off in both directions while Fire Department crews dealt with the emergency. Passengers were kept on the train while authorities tried to remove the man's body from the tracks.

A bus-shuttle was put in place between Roosevelt and 35th Street on the line, but by about 6:30 p.m., trains were moving west of the Ashland Avenue stop, according to the CTA.

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