A 32-year-old woman is dead after been struck by a GO train south of York University stop.

The train, which was travelling north to Barrie, left Union Station at 4:40 p.m.

About 20 minutes later, as it chugged across an overpass near Caledonia Avenue and Lawrence Avenue, it hit a woman, who was crossing the tracks with a male friend.

The woman and her friend had squeezed through the fence, which cordoned off the overpass, in order to take a shortcut, said Const. Hugh Smith.

The victim’s friend managed to get off the tracks in time.

It is still unclear why the woman did not also escape; there is no evidence that she was stuck or didn’t hear the train coming. But investigators do have enough evidence to declare the accident a death by misadventure. Riders on the 4:40 p.m. were stuck in the train for several hours while police searched the scene and cleared the tracks. Morning service on the line is expected to run on schedule, said GO representative, Vanessa Thomas.