Vehicle Jumps Blue Line Tracks Near O'Hare

Geoff Dankert
March 12, 2019 - 9:41 pm

WBBM Newsradio/Geoff Dankert


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The northern leg of Blue Line service was disrupted Tuesday evening after a passenger vehicle landed on the tracks and possibly collided with an outbound train near O'Hare International Airport. 

Sara Giancola, 70, was driving a 2014 Ford SUV on westbound I-190 near Mannheim Road at 8:36 p.m. when she lost control and the vehicle rolled down an embankment, according to Illinois State Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The SUV came to a stop partially on the CTA Blue Line tracks, where its front end was hit by a train, state police said.

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Sara Giancola, 70, was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead, authorities said. She lived in northwest suburban Bartlett.

The conductor of the train and two passengers – women ages 27 and 52 – were also taken to hospitals, according to state police. Their conditions were not immediately known.

The accident happened around 8:30 p.m. between the O'Hare and Rosemont train stations. Geoff Dankert of WBBM Newsradio came upon the scene and described the massive police and fire response.

Blue Line trains were halted at the Rosemont station until about 2:30 a.m., the CTA said.

The CTA was providing shuttle buses to link O'Hare and the Harlem Avenue station.

At 10 p.m., westbound traffic on I-190 was reduced to a single lane near the scene of the crash, ISP said.

Chicago Transit Authority spokesman Brian Steele said there was no significant damage to a train.