17-year-old boy fatally struck by Metra train in Norwood Park

<p>Commuters are let off trains at Park Ridge after a pedestrian incident in Norwood Park halted the Metra Union Pacific Northwest line March 7 during rush hour.  |  Heather Leszczewicz/Aggrego News Service</p>

Commuters are let off trains at Park Ridge after a pedestrian incident in Norwood Park halted the Metra Union Pacific Northwest line March 7 during rush hour.  |  Heather Leszczewicz/Aggrego News Service

A Taft High School student died after he was struck by a Metra train on his way to school on the Northwest Side Friday morning.
 
Erik Lucansky was struck by train No. 605 near the Norwood Park station at 6088 N. Northwest Hwy. about 6:50 a.m., according to Metra officials and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
 
He was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, where he died at 7:27 a.m., according to the medical examiner’s office.
 
A statement on Taft’s website confirmed Erik was a student and was on his way to school when he was fatally struck. Grief counselors have been made available and are meeting with students and staff.
 
“Please join us in offering Erik’s family our deepest sympathy in this time of sorrow,” the statement said.
 
Trains were stopped for about 45 minutes in the heart of rush hour, according to Metra’s website. Service resumed about 7:35 a.m.
 
Metra officials and police are investigating.

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