Woman hit, killed by Metra train at railroad crossing in Arlington Heights

A 50-year-old woman was fatally struck by a Metra train at a railroad crossing in Arlington Heights Wednesday morning.

Arlington Heights police were asking that people avoid the railroad crossing at North Ridge Avenue and Northwest Highway. 

Northwest Highway remained open, but Ridge Avenue had been shut down at the tracks.

Metra sent out an alert at 6:16 a.m., saying that inbound and outbound train movement on the Union Pacific Northwest Line was halted near Arlington Heights. 


The alert said extensive delays were anticipated. There was very limited service between Des Plaines and Chicago. 

Arlington Heights police tweeted at 7:38 a.m. that they anticipated the crossing would be closed for several hours as Metra Police Department investigated the scene. 

Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.