Girl found dead in snowbank hours after Round Lake Park train crash

A young girl and her father were killed in a crash involving a Metra train.
January 23, 2014 3:38:18 PM PST
The body of Alyssa Carranza, 7, was found in a snowbank hours after she was thrown from an SUV that was struck by a Metra train in Round Lake Park, Ill. Her father, Francisco Carranza, was also killed in the crash.

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His body was found in the wreckage on Wednesday around 8 p.m. after the crash. Police said Alyssa's body was thrown from the SUV and into the snowbank. Both died of "multiple traumatic injuries," according to the Lake County medical examiner, and "alcohol was involved." Carranza was above the legal limit for alcohol, the ME said.

"It's shocking. It's hard to believe," Marisa Silva, cousin, said. "We really can't understand it."

"What the witnesses indicated was the vehicle was stopped and then proceeded to drive through lowered gates," Chief George Filenko, Lake County Major Crimes Task Force, said.

Carranza, who lived in Island Lake, was identified in the medical examiner's report. Alyssa, who lived in Round Lake, was identified by family friends.

Surveillance video shows the car hitting the train's crossing gate before it goes out of frame. The train is then visible, and the aftermath of the impact.


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