Identity Released of Barrington High School Student Struck, Killed by Metra Train Near Hough St, Barrington

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A Metra train fatally hit a female pedestrian Thursday morning in north suburban Barrington, police said.
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The Lake County Coroner’s Office released the identity of a Barrington High School girl that was accidentally hit and killed by a train as 17-year-old Marin Lacson from Barrington.

The Lake County Coroner’s Office was notified and responded to the scene.

According to the Lake County Coroner’s Office, on Thursday, January 25, 2024, an autopsy was performed at the Lake County Coroner’s Office. Preliminary results indicate that Marin died from blunt force injuries as a result of the incident.

Preliminary investigation indicates that Marin Lacson was attempting to cross the tracks after a train had passed, when she was struck by a second train also passing through the crossing.

On Thursday, January 25, 2024, at approximately 7:50 a.m., the Barrington Police Department, Barrington Fire Department and Metra Police Department responded to the Union Pacific Railroad train tracks near Main Street and Hough Street in Barrington, for a report of a pedestrian that was struck by a train. Officers and paramedics arrived and confirmed the victim was deceased at the scene.

— Lake County Coroner’s Office

The incident remains under investigation by the Metra Police Department, and the Lake County Coroner’s Office.

Police, firefighters and paramedics from Barrington responded about 7:46 a.m. Thursday, January 25, 2024 to a report that a Metra train on the Union Pacific Northwest Line hit a pedestrian at the Hough Street crossing grade in Barrington.

Police, firefighters and paramedics received a report that a female victim had been struck by a train and appeared to be “beyond any help” located on the Metra tracks. There was initially some confusion that the incident occurred on the Canadian National tracks.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Barrington High School/District 220 Superintendent Craig Winkelman notified the community that a Barrington High School student was accidentally struck by a train near Route 59 (Hough Street) and Main Street and passed away.

January 25, 2024

Dear Barrington Community,

It is with great sadness that I share with you the tragic news of the passing of one of our Barrington High School students. This morning
the student was walking to school when the student was accidentally struck by a train on Route 59 and Main Street. The student’s family has been notified and is receiving support.

Dr. Craig Winkelman
Superintendent of Schools

According to Dr. Craig Winkelman, Marin Lacson was a junior at Barrington High School, who was in the Chinese Immersion Program and a member of the Lacrosse team. Prior to attending BHS, Marin attended Countryside Elementary School and Station Middle School.

Metra confirmed a person was struck by an inbound UP-NW train near Barrington around 7:45 a.m. The Lake County Coroner’s office confirmed the person, who was later identified as a Barrington High School student, died at the scene. YouTube Tips ⓘ

All roads were re-opened as of 11:00 AM Thursday, January 25, 2024, according to the Barrington Police Department.

Visibility was down to 0.13 mile at 7:51 a.m. at O’Hare International Airport.

Visibility was down to 0.13 mile at 7:52 a.m. at Chicago Executive Airport.


There was also a disruption on the Metra UP Northwest line at 6:10 a.m. Thursday near the Arlington Park station when a Metra locomotive or train car was reported to be smoking. Officials and firefighters quickly determined there was no fire, but the train was evacuated and taken out of service. Train #610, scheduled to arrive Chicago at 6:46 a.m. was stopped near Arlington Park due to mechanical problems, according to Metra.

The information in this article is an early report published before any summary information was confirmed or released by police or fire authorities.


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