Vehicle Drove Around Down Metra Gates Before Being Hit By Train

Bernie Tafoya
February 13, 2020 - 1:03 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A car that was hit by a Metra train on Wednesday night on the Southwest Side reportedly drove past other stopped vehicles to try to go around railroad gates that were already down.

Metra spokesman Michael Gillis said the engineer of the outbound Metra Southwest Service train reported seeing the 2015 Hyundai go around the railroad gates at 87th and Pulaski.

Gillis said other motorists had reported seeing the Hyundai race past them as they were waiting for the train to go by around 7:30 p.m.

There had been a pedestrian waiting to cross the tracks, who was hit by the car after the car was hit by the train.

Gillis said the pedestrian and one of the people in the car are reported in critical condition, while two others from the car are hospitalized in serious condition.

A Chicago Fire Department spokesman had said earlier one person had been pinned underneath the train.

Gillis said commuters remained on the train until 9:10 p.m. when a Metra train came from the south, picked up those commuters, switched directions, and finished the run to the southwest suburbs.