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Autopsy: Deaths of pedestrians struck by BNSF train an accident

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) - The two people accidentally struck and killed by a Metra BNSF line train Thursday in Little Village have been identified as a brother and sister in their mid-50s.

Berry W. Huddleston, 57; and Margaret N. Huddleston 54, were struck while on an elevated portion of the railroad tracks near 21st and Homan, according to Metra and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

They were on an elevated section of track between the Western and Cicero stations about 4:50 p.m. Thursday when inbound express train No. 1272 struck them, authorities said.

An autopsy Friday found both died of multiple injuries from the train striking them, and ruled their deaths accidents, the medical examiner’s office said. Their home addresses were not immediately available.

Pedestrians are not allowed on that area of the tracks, which serve both Metra’s busiest commuter line and a heavily used freight corridor, Metra spokeswoman Meg Reile said.

Trains were stopped for about 90 minutes after the incident, and commuters experienced delays of up to two hours, according to Metra’s website.

The incident remains under investigation Friday.

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