Metra BNSF resumes service to Clarendon Hills as family mourns Downers Grove woman killed in crash

Metra BNSF resumes service to Clarendon Hills as family mourns Downers Grove woman killed in crash

CLARENDON HILLS, In poor health. (TOC) — The Metra BNSF line will resume full service Friday morning, together with stopping at Clarendon Hills for the primary time since Wednesday’s deadly crash.

At a press convention Thursday, the NTSB confirmed that 72-year-old Downers Grove lady Christina Lopez was ejected from the prepare due to injury attributable to a collision with a field truck.

Authorities stated they’re persevering with to research why the truck was on the tracks.

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

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

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

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“We wish to get the solutions but additionally extra importantly, we wish 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 one expects this. It is a tragedy that no one ought to endure.”

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Lopez was killed whereas on her technique to see her sister. It was a prepare experience from Downers Grove that she had taken typically with out ever pondering twice.

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

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Lopez lived in Chicago for many of her life, even working as a upkeep employee at ABC7 for a lot of years. She moved to Downers Grove just some years in the past to spend extra time along 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 might have stalled the truck on these tracks, resulting in this accident.

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

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On Might eleventh, a prepare struck a field truck that was stalled with some studies of engine bother within the crossing. Three passengers aboard the truck exited from the field truck and made it to security. One passenger aboard the prepare was killed. Nationwide Transportation Security Board (NTSB) is conducting a full investigation with the help of Metra Police and Clarendon Hills Police.

Because of the lively investigation website and injury to security tools, the crossing at Prospect is closed to pedestrian and automotive visitors. BNSF restore crews are onsite with repairs anticipated to be accomplished and examined tomorrow morning. The crossing then can reopen to visitors as quickly as approved by NTSB. NTSB is unable to offer us with an estimate right now. Village workers is in around the clock conferences with NTSB, BNSF and Metra to facilitate the investigation and restore the downtown to a purposeful state, together with potential measures resembling reopening the crossing to pedestrians. The Village will present an up to date schedule as quickly as it’s obtainable.

Crews have been dispatched from Comcast to revive utility connection after being allowed entry to the positioning this morning. Service could also be spotty as they finalize repairs. Please contact Comcast in case you are nonetheless experiencing outages.

Illinois Division of Transportation building within the space is on pause. Initially, building on the crossing was anticipated to be accomplished this week after delays attributable to climate and scheduling. The timeline for this completion is inflow, nevertheless the Village is working with the related events to discover a technique to expediate the enhancements as properly.Thanks to your persistence as all events work by means of this course of.

Assertion from Metra CEO James Derwinski

Metra and all its staff wish to convey our condolences and deepest sympathies to the household of Christina Lopez, who tragically misplaced her life throughout yesterday’s accident in Clarendon Hills. We contemplate My Metra’s passengers to be part of our household, and our household is grieving together with yours. We’re dedicated to helping the NTSB in its investigation in order that Christina Lopez’s household and the general public have the solutions they want at this tough time.

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