Elderly pedestrian fatally hit by freight train in Lake Forest

An elderly man was fatally struck by a freight train Thursday afternoon near a Metra station in north suburban Lake Forest.

Emergency crews were called to the Lake Forest West Train Depot, 911 S. Telegraph Road, at 1:54 p.m. and found the man dead on the tracks next to the station, police said.

The man was struck by a southbound Canadian Pacific freight train and was killed immediately, police said.

He is believed to be an 87-year-old from Lake County, police said. His identity was not released Thursday pending notification of his family.

Lines on the Milwaukee District / North line trains were briefly halted as crews responded, Metra said.

Authorities from Lake Forest, Metra and Canadian Pacific and the Lake County coroner’s office are investigating.