GEL NEWS: Friday the 14th, A Bad Day for Metra Union Pacific West Line Commuters

It was an all around bad day for Metra West Line commuters Friday as two unrelated incidents delayed morning and evening rush hour train service.

On Friday morning, a man was struck and killed about 6:45 a.m. by outbound train #15 near the intersection of Kilbourn Avenue and Kinzie Street, Metra Spokesman Tom Miller said.

The incident halted Metra trains on the Union Pacific/West line. While Metra service announcements in Glen Ellyn at 7:35a.m. indicated uncertain delay times and an indefinite stoppage, Metra trains were moving as of 7:50 a.m., Miller said.

During the evening rush hour commute, several Metra Union Pacific West Line trains were delayed or canceled Friday evening as police investigated a report of a strange object on a train, which was stopped near Glen Ellyn.

Union Pacific West Line Train #39, which departs Chicago at 3:40 p.m. and scheduled to arrive at Elburn at 5:15 p.m., was stopped near Glen Ellyn around 4:30 p.m., according to a Metra service advisory.

Glen Ellyn police confirmed a westbound train was stopped after a report of a strange object found on the train. But police said nothing was found in the package and the scene was cleared shortly after 6 p.m.

All inbound and outbound train resumed service around 6:15 p.m., but were operating 15 to 90 minutes late, according to a Metra service advisory.

Outbound trains #59 and 60 — from Chicago to Elmhurst — were canceled Friday evening, an advisory said.

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Passengers may feel frustrated and annoyed with this kinds of delays particularly that everyone is running out of time going to their offices or wherever destination they ought to be at a particular time. But these delays must be understood because it does happen.For sure the Metra West Line administration is doing their best to serve the commuters at the very best they can give just like AMBER Alert system that innovates their means to do their jobs efficiently.

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