Deadly train accidents cause delays

December 10, 2009 9:12:01 PM PST
Two separate deadly train accidents caused significant delays for riders Thursday evening.One happened shortly after 6 p.m. in northwest suburban Bensenville. A man was killed when a Metra train slammed into his SUV that was stopped on tracks.

Officials say a husband and wife were in the vehicle when it was driven around a gate near York Road. As the train approached, the woman was able to safely get out of the SUV.

Passengers were kept on the train until the scene was cleared by investigators. Metra trains on the Milwaukee District West Line had been stopped in both directions but were said Thursday night to be operating between 60 and 180 minutes behind schedule.

The second deadly accident was in Lake Forest. A west-bound Amtrak train hit a pedestrian who was walking on the tracks.

Lake Forest police were not releasing any information about the accident Thursday night.

The Lake County coroner says the victim is a 49 year-old woman from Grayslake, but the victim's name was not being released, pending family notification.

All Metra trains had been stopped in Lake Forest, but ABC7 Chicago is told Metra has restored service to one track north of Deerfield and trains are operating slowly beyond that area.


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