Family of Downers Grove woman killed in Metra BNSF crash with truck files wrongful death lawsuit

Family of Downers Grove woman killed in Metra BNSF crash with truck files wrongful death lawsuit

CLARENDON HILLS, In poor health. (TOC) — The household of a suburban girl killed on board a Metra BNSF practice has filed a wrongful loss of life lawsuit.Christina Lopez, 72, of Downers Grove died after being ejected from the practice due to harm brought on by a collision with a field truck in Clarendon Hills.

The lawsuit alleges negligence by Metra, BNSF railroad, the trucking firm and the motive force concerned.

An investigation remains to be ongoing to find out why the truck was on the tracks.

The NTSB deliberate to launch a preliminary report in two weeks after gathering footage from close by video cameras in addition to witness accounts. The entire investigation may take as much as 18 months to finish.

“There’s lots info right here, and we need to guarantee that we get it proper,” NTSB vice chairman Bruce Landsberg stated.

The household stated Lopez was a “great” girl who was retired with three daughters

“We need to get the solutions but in addition extra importantly, we need to do our half to assist in order that no household has to do and undergo this tragedy once more,” Klonowski stated. “It did not must occur.”

Lopez’s household stated they’re nonetheless struggling to course of the sudden loss.

“It is shock,” Klonowski stated. “I imply no person expects this. It is a tragedy that no person ought to endure.”

Household of Metra crash sufferer speaks out

Lopez was killed whereas on her method to see her sister. It was a practice trip from Downers Grove that she had taken usually with out ever pondering twice.

“It was a really routine morning for her, actually,” Klonowski stated. “The children will miss her, the household will miss her. It will likely be a tough time however we’ll get by means of it.”

Lopez lived in Chicago for many of her life, even working as a upkeep employee at ABC7 for a variety of years. She moved to Downers Grove just some years in the past to spend extra time together with her three daughters and her grandkids.

“She was the glue to the household,” Klonowski stated.

Residents have complained in regards to the building at that intersection and a few consider that would have stalled the truck on these tracks, resulting in this accident.

“From every little thing I’ve heard that was an accident ready to occur,” stated Steven Jambois, a laywer representing Lopez’s household. “The site visitors due to the development at that intersection was so slowed down that individuals had been in hurt’s method fairly continuously.”

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