According to the Daily Herald, a local man was killed last week when his car was struck by a fast moving Metra train.
Authorities explain that the man was driving his vehicle at a high speed last Wednesday while it was raining. As he was coming upon the railroad crossing, the lights were flashing indicating that a train was approaching and that driver’s should stop. However, witnesses report that the man ignored the flashing lights and barreled through the intersection anyway.
Unfortunately, he miscalculated and his car struck the front of the Metra train that was traveling through the intersection. The man’s vehicle was crushed and began spinning for several seconds. It eventually burst into flames. When authorities arrived at the scene, the vehicle was on its roof and the driver could not be saved.
The tragic accident is an example of how driving risks often compound on one another. Obviously, all train traffic signals should be carefully obeyed. Human perception is often inaccurate, and even when someone believes that they can make it without getting hit, they are often wrong. In this case, witnesses also noticed that the man was driving way too fast for the conditions, indicating that he may likely have been unable to stop in time to obey the warning signal. Two driving risks, speeding and disobeying signals, combined to cause the deadly accident.
Our Chicago car accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti offer condolences to all those suffering after this accident. Crash crashes leave devastated family and friends in their wake. Occasionally they are caused by completely accidental circumstances, at other times by driving mistakes. In all cases, however, countless victims suffer enduring emotional and physical pain.
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