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Remains of Victim in Metra Crash Accidentally Released to Two Funeral Homes

The pedestrian was struck and killed by an outbound train northwest of downtown Palatine about 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, according to media reports.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's office is investigating how the remains of a victim killed by a Metra train in Palatine on March 17 were released with another body that had been examined around the same time, according to the Chicago Tribune. 

The remains of the train victim were released to two different funeral homes and  when the issue was discovered, the medical examiner's office notified the funeral homes and the remains of the train victim were then "released to the correct funeral home," according to the article. 

The medical examiner's office is tightening its protocol following the mistake and will now require a medical examiner's office staff member and a funeral home worker to review the remains before releasing to the funeral home, according to the Chicago Tribune. 

The pedestrian was struck and killed by an outbound train northwest of downtown Palatine about 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, according to the Daily Herald. 

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sklogw March 27, 2014 at 02:55 PM
The grief the families must be feeling:(

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