Metra crash Clarendon Hills: Victim ID’d as Downers Grove woman; BNSF stop remains closed

Metra crash Clarendon Hills: Victim ID’d as Downers Grove woman; BNSF stop remains closed

CLARENDON HILLS, Unwell. (TOC) — The girl killed in a Metra crash in Clarendon Hills Wednesday morning has been recognized.

Christina Lopez, 72, was killed and 4 different folks had been injured in a crash with a field truck through the Wednesday morning rush hour.

The Nationwide Transportation Security Board is now heading up the investigation after the passenger was killed and two different passengers and two BNSF workers had been injured within the crash on the Prospect Avenue crossing. All accidents had been described as minor.

“All of us on Metra and BNSF Railway are devastated by this dying and we will probably be working hand-in-hand with the NTSB to search out out what occurred,” Metra spokesman Michael Gillis mentioned.Truck catches hearth after being hit by Metra prepare

The NTSB is predicted to provide an replace on the crash at 3 p.m. Thursday, because the badly broken and burned out truck stays on the scene.

Authorities haven’t launched the id of the girl who was killed, but it surely appeared she was ejected from the within of the prepare because it hit the truck.

The incident made for a chaotic and scary morning for a lot of commuters and folks dwelling within the downtown space.

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John Johnson heard the Metra prepare from his patio Wednesday morning.

“I heard him lay on the horn, not like a traditional grade crossing, he was simply laying on it, after which I heard the bang of the air being launched from the emergency brake utility,” Johnson mentioned. “We’re given a lifetime — what number of years is it going to be? We do not know. I simply really feel unhealthy for the sufferer and her household.”

The crash appeared to have occurred when a truck received caught within the tracks as a Metra prepare approached Clarendon Hills.

Metra officers give replace on deadly crashVideo taken by witnesses on scene confirmed the preliminary chaos of the prepare blasting by the field truck earlier than it burst into flames. Witness Tom Zurgot mentioned he was in a automotive proper behind the truck.

“Impulsively I simply noticed the three guys within the truck leap out as quick as they’ll after which the prepare simply hit it head-on at full pace,” Zurgot mentioned. “It was surprising … you see movies of trains hitting automobiles on a regular basis, however then you definately see it dwell and see a truck lifted within the air and pushed about 100 toes.”

The boys in that truck evacuated with out getting harm.

The explosion of the accident unfolded simply toes away from commuters ready on the Metra cease.

“I am slightly involved for my children and my household and buddies that cross right here on a regular basis,” Odd Joergenrud mentioned. “I feel they made it too slender, and it is too simply that the visitors stops. And it is very simple in charge all of the drivers that they’re too shut to one another, however when the crossing is transferring as slowly as it’s now, that creates conditions.”

Chopper7 over lethal Metra crash Development has been occurring at this cease in Clarendon Hills for a few yr now as a brand new station is constructed. Commuters assume that development may have stalled the truck on these tracks.

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A Metra spokesperson mentioned that is the second accident to kill a passenger in Metra historical past. The primary deadly accident was in Chicago on Sept. 17, 2005, when two passengers died in a crash on the Rock Island District Line close to the forty seventh Road Bridge.

“The cab automotive, which was main the prepare, would have a front-facing digital camera on it and that will probably be downloaded,” Gillis mentioned.

It is unclear if the truck driver will probably be cited.

Metra BNSF schedule adjustments

On Thursday, Metra mentioned the BNSF line will run on a Saturday schedule. There will probably be no specific service and trains is not going to make any stops on the Clarendon Hills station.

REMINDER: the BNSF line is working on a modified Saturday schedule. Native Saturday sched trains will probably be stopping at ALL stops, besides Clarendon Hills. Saturday sched specific trains (#2008, #2020, #2019) stay the identical.

Schedule for reference:

— Metra BNSF (@metraBNSF) Could 12, 2022

Metra additionally mentioned riders can use the Union Pacific West Line in its place and might name the RTA at (312) 836-7000 for journey help.

The commuter rail additionally urged utilizing the Westmont or Hinsdale stations as an alternative.

Commuters ought to proceed to anticipate delays.

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