Trains moving again after man on top of Metra train jumps to other train

February 24, 2014|RedEye staff report

Passengers on the Metra Union Pacific North line heading out of the city Monday morning witnessed a man jumping from the top of the outbound train to the inbound train that was headed to downtown Chicago.

Trains stopped at the Rogers Park station at approximately 7:45 a.m. but are now moving.

"We can see his shadow," said passenger Mike Pastore while the trains were stopped. "There's a building next to the train and we can see the shadow of the man on top of the train. We can't see him directly, but we can hear him running back and forth on top of the train."

Pastore said the man was on top of the first car of the inbound train.

Metra reported the delay, as well.

"Train #315, scheduled to arrive Waukegan at 8:51 a.m., is stopped in the vicinity of Rogers Park due to police activity," Metrarail.com was reporting during the delay. "The estimated time of delay is unknown.  We will update information as soon as it becomes available."

Now that the trains are moving again, Metra is reporting a 15 to 20-minute delay. Pastore said the fire department helped the man down with a ladder and police escorted him away.

"Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada said police were assisting Metra officials in a criminal tresspassing incident on the 7000 block of North Ravenswood Avenue," according to the Chicago Tribune.

The Tribune added that Mike Gillis, spokesman for Metra, said officials were investigating the situation.

Mike Gillis, a Metra spokesman, said officials were on the scene investigating a person who was on top of a train.

"Conductors are understandably upset and want everyone to stay in their seats," Pastore said.

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