Man Involved in Fatal Accident at Roosevelt CTA Red Line Station


On Saturday, September 4th, 2021, a popular Chicago-based Twitter account released a graphic and disturbing video that showed a man belly-down on the third rail at a CTA Red Line station. 

Chicago-One contacted the CTA and Chicago Police Department News Affairs to find out more about this incident. The CTA stated they weren't aware of any incidents, but also declined to give further comment pending investigation of the video. 

CPD News Affairs contacted Chicago-One News at 5:45PM this evening with information confirming that indeed, a tragic incident had unfolded at a CTA Red Line station. 

That statement read as follows:

1100 block of S. State, 03 Sep 21 @ approx 11:10 p.m.-1st District

A currently unidentified man (John Doe) was standing by himself on the Red Line platform when he stumbled and fell onto the tracks. In doing so, he hit his head and was electrocuted. He was pronounced deceased on scene. Area Three detectives are conducting a death investigation. On background, no foul play is suspected.

CCME Spokesperson Natalia Derevyanny confirmed the death in a telephone call on Saturday evening, Sept 4th, 2021, and said the incident occurred at the CTA Roosevelt Red Line station. The CTA website shows the location as 1167 S. State St. Derevyanny stated that the deceased has been identified, contradicting the statement given by Chicago Police, but said the name cannot be released until the next of kin is notified. Derevyanny stated Chicago Police are responsible for notifying the next of kin, and that the autopsy shows cause and manner of death are pending.

The following is in-essence and not verbatim unless otherwise noted. This report should not be read alone, but in conjunction with all other reports filed under RD# JE360843. 

In summary, Beat 121 was assigned after the 001st District SDSC/Intelligence Room (Beat 102-S) told Zone-4 there was a bonafide fire at the Roosevelt Red Line. Beat 102-S further told the zone that the victim hit his head, fell, and ended-up on the 3rd rail where he caught fire. Victim transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital by Chicago Fire Dept. 

The following Detectives were notified by Beat 122: 

Detective Bane - Star# 21793, Beat 5302 
Detective Curran - Star# 21722

M.E. authorizing transport: Carlos #90

This process was completed at 0239hrs.

This story will be updated upon release of the victim's name.  

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