In just a week’s time, three people died in three different incidents at CTA rail stations.
The first victim was a 14-year-old boy who was playing around with friends March 23 at the Illinois Medical District station on the Blue Line. After a friend dared him to jump on the tracks, the boy inadvertently touched the third rail and later died at Stroger Hospital.
Then four days later, a 52-year-old North Side man somehow fell in front of a train at the Bryn Mawr Red Line station. The Tribune reports it was unknown whether the man fell or jumped. He too died a couple of hours later. I wrote about some of the rush-hour chaos caused by this.
Finally, at about 8:45 p.m. on Friday, a man jumped in front a Brown Line train at the Francisco stop. Police called this incident a suicide.
Three different incidents – horseplay, a fall, a suicide – with the same tragic results. Let’s hope it’s not an emerging trend. Please be safe out there.