A man died from injuries after he was struck by an oncoming train at the Loyola CTA Red Line station the evening of March 4, police said.
The man tripped and fell on the CTA platform, with his head laying slightly past the edge of the platform, according to the Chicago Police Department (CPD). While he was on the ground, a Red Line train moving northbound hit his head at approximately 8:27 p.m., according to CPD.
The 71-year-old man was pronounced dead at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, according to CPD.
Matthew Rupp, a junior at Loyola, said he was at the station (1200 W. Loyola Ave.) at the time of the incident.
Rupp said he heard a noise while waiting for a train to downtown. Shortly after, two other witnesses directed him to the victim hanging off the platform. They informed CTA staff, who shifted the victim away from the edge of the platform and checked his pulse.
Rupp said he saw CTA staff calling what he thought was the police as he left the station. He said he saw around seven people present at the scene, including himself, the CTA staff and other witnesses.
“It freaked me out,” Rupp, 21, said. “I’ve always heard about people getting hurt at the L stops, but I’ve never seen it until last night.”
CPD couldn’t share the identity of the victim with The Phoenix. Area Three detectives are investigating, CPD said.