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Chicago Boy Electrocuted After Climbing On Top Of Metra Train

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A boy from Chicago was electrocuted while climbing on top of a Metra Electric train in a south suburban rail yard,  authorities said.

The boy, whose age was not released, was one of two juveniles who entered the Metra rail yard in University Park just after 7 p.m. Sunday, Metra spokesman Michael Gillis said. He suffered a fatal electric shock while climbing on top of a parked train, Gillis said.

The boy was pronounced dead on the scene, according to the Will County cororner. The coroner’s office did not release his name or age.

Metra Electric District trains are powered by overhead electrical lines. The trains operate on 1,500 volts of direct current.

A dispatcher for University Park’s police and fire departments referred all questions to the fire department, and a firefighter who answered the department’s main phone line declined to comment.

“At this time, the fire department has no statements to make,” the firefighter said.

The rail yard is at the University Park station, at the end of the Metra Electric District line. Metra suspended train service to the station Sunday night and used buses to shuttle passengers between the University Park and Matteson stations. 

No delays were reported on the line Monday morning. For the latest updates, check Metra’s website.

Source: Chicago Tribune

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