If anything, it's thankful that the train was so early, in that on a Saturday going into the city there were only 75 - 100 people. If it had been later in the day, god knows how much worse it could have been. God bless the family of the deceased.
I was born and raised in Chicago (but am in Kansas for school), and grew up on and around Metra trains. I mean, as a kid, trains are great, but any train that can get you from home to downtown in less than an hour...it was the lifeline! I used to ride it constantly, I'd say at least twice a week. Sad to see this happen, but unfortunately not totally unexpected. Was it last summer when Metra had 3 or 4 major problems (including at least one derailment - the one where a rookie driver was going way too fast in a construction zone)?
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