Woman’s death on South Shore tracks ruled suicide
Post-Tribune staff report September 25, 2013 8:18AM
Updated: October 28, 2013 7:01AM
South Shore trains were temporarily delayed Wednesday morning after a train struck and killed a Michigan woman in Northwest Indiana, authorities said.
The woman was later identified as Sharon Spitler, 57, of Westland, Mich., and her death was ruled a suicide, Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris said.
The train, due to arrive in Chicago at 8:08 a.m. from South Bend, struck Spitler near The Pines about 6:30 a.m., according to John Parsons, spokesman for the South Shore. The Pines is located between Michigan City and Beverly Shores.
Spitler had been staying at Al & Sally’s Motel at 3221 Indiana 12 since Sunday and had been paid up through Wednesday, Harris said.
She was supposed to pay again Wednesday, but she went behind the motel to the South Shore tracks to the north.
Spitler walked to the middle of the tracks, turned her back to the coming train and crouched as it approached, he said.
Two rush-hour trains — westbound trains 12 and 112 — were delayed after the incident Wednesday morning, but all service had been restored by 8:30 a.m., Parsons said.