It is the latest in a series of high-profile train accidents plaguing Chicago. As we reported last month on our Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, malfunctioning gates are believed to be the cause of a fatal accident involving an Amtrak train. The train struck a vehicle at the crossing, killing a popular local dance instructor. In yet another incident, a train killed two Chicago pedestrians, including a small child.
In this case, the accident at 71st Street and Merrill Avenue occurred shortly before 10 p.m. Monday. A 30-year-old man was killed and two others were transported in serious-to-critical condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.
NBC Chicago reported the 347 train hit a vehicle at the intersection and pushed it for a block, before the car rolled over. Two passengers managed to escape but could not free the trapped driver. Emergency crews cut the driver from the wreckage but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Cause of the accident remains under investigation.
The train involved did stop. Train traffic was interrupted: The 10 p.m. inbound 93rd Street/South Chicago was canceled and the outbound trains departing Chicago for 93rd Street did not travel beyond Bryn Mawr Monday night.
Each year, approximately 80 people die in Illinois train accidents, according to the Illinois Commerce Commission. The vast majority of deadly crashes involve motorists and pedestrians who are injured or killed after being struck by trains at railroad crossings. The commission reports that motor vehicle accidents involving trains are 40 times more likely to be fatal.