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Two women were killed in a fatal train accident that occurred on July 23rd when their car went around the crossing gates which were down at the time of the crash, crossed over the train tracks and was struck by a passing train. In addition to the two women that were in the car at the time of the accident, two other people involved in the accident suffered personal injuries as well. Both young women that were killed in the accident were killed by multiple blunt force trauma, and according to the Post-Tribune, were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Following the tragic train accident, the train which was involved in the accident was suspended indefinitely. To read more about this train accident, please click on this link.

Illinois injury attorneys remind drivers that they should never try to cross train tracks when the crossing gate are down, even if you think you have time to make it across safely. Often times trains are moving so quickly that even though you may not see it approaching, and therefore believe you have time to cross before it arrives, it is usually moving at high enough speeds that it can approach the crossing much more quickly than you may have imagined. As seen in this accident, it is difficult to judge when the train will arrive at the crossing exactly, and it is always better to be safe than sorry in these types of situation, so please always wait for the train to cross when you come across a train crossing where the gates are down.

A fatal train accident occurred on April 16th in which a Chicago woman’s car was struck by an Amtrak train and she was killed. Upon investigation it was discovered that the trains warning system (to alert drivers when a train is approaching) was not properly reconnected after the track had been worked on. Unfortunately, this meant that there was no adequate warning for the young woman whose car was struck to let her know the train was coming and to keep her from crossing. According to Chicago Breaking News, after the repair work was done on the tracks, the workers thought they had appropriately hooked the warning system back up but unfortunately had not causing the warning system to not go into effect with an approaching train. To read more about this tragic accident, please click on this link.

While this accident was a result of human error on the part of the train workers, it is important for all drivers to be very cautious when driving over train tracks. If there are safety alerts telling you a train is approaching, never try to cross even if you cannot see the train. Trains travel at very fast speeds and can approach much quicker than you may realize and could be very close even if you can not see it from the intersection. If you are at a train track and the warning systems are not activated but you can see or hear a train nearby wait anyway just to be safe. If you are ever not sure if it is safe to go at that time, in order to avoid a car accident, please err on the side of caution.

On December 10, a man was killed when his SUV was struck by a westbound Metra train in suburban Chicago. The train accident occurred when the man’s vehicle stopped on the Metra tracks. The victim’s wife escaped the SUV, but he did not make it out in time and the impact of the collision killed him. A report in the Chicago Tribune did not say why the man’s car was stopped on the train tracks. The Chicago commuter train’s service was delayed by three hours as emergency workers cleared the accident. Read the full account of this Chicago Metra accident by following the link.

Three people were killed when a truck struck a vehicle in the evening of June 13th. There were five people in the car, three were pronounced dead at the scene and two were taken to local hospitals for treatment of their personal injuries. The condition of the hospitalized is unknown at this point. The car accident occurred at the railroad intersection where the vehicle was crossing the tracks. For more information on this car accident, click here.

Two men were caught under a Metra train in Chicago on June 30th. The train accident occurred when the two men attempted to cross the tracks as the crossing gates were coming down. The train tried to stop to avoid them, but in its sudden stop it ended up pinning them under the train. One of the victims that was pinned in this pedestrian accident was killed as a result of the personal injuries he sustained and the other victim was seriously injured. The first victim was pronounced dead at the scene and the second victim was taken to a local hospital where he is listed in serious to critical condition. For more information on this train accident, click here.

On the night of June 19th, a train derailed in Rockford, Illinois that filled many cars with highly flammable gas and led 14 of the cars to explode. This train accident involved vehicles in some manner but the details of the role of the vehicles are unclear, as well as the cause of the train accident. Three people that were stopped at a train crossing were suffered burns and one woman was killed, but the cause of her death is not known. Many homes in the area were evacuated as a result of the train derailment and subsequent fires. For more information on this truck accident, click here.

At least one person has been fatally injured when an Amtrak train on its way to Chicago hit a car, which was on the train tracks. Initial reports show that there were two fatalities, but at this point only one is confirmed. The fatal accident occurred in the afternoon of June 18th and no one aboard the train was injured. The investigation is ongoing and no further information is known at this point. For more information on this Illinois train accident, click here.

A person was hospitalized in critical condition after suffering personal injuries in a Chicago car crash. The person was injured when the car they were riding in collided with a train traveling on the Norfolk & Western lines in Southwest Chicago. A report on Chicago Breaking News does not reveal what caused the car accident to happen. There were no other injuries reported in the crash. Read more about this Chicago train accident.

A train accident has caused the death of a 62-year-old woman who was hit by a train at a railroad crossing. No one was injured aboard the CSX freight train, bound for Chicago. The car accident occurred just west of Pittsburgh. Read more about this train accident.

Chicago’s train system has been riddled with difficulties lately including car accidents, truck crashes, pedestrian accidents, security issues, and derailments. Another derailment that occurred this morning will affect 5000 passengers. The 72-car freight train from Canada derailed in Buffalo Grove, Illinois on its way to Chicago. Two of the cars were holding a hazardous and toxic material, sulfur, but is not dangerous, according to a spokesperson. No injuries were caused by the derailment. For the full story, click here.

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