According to news reports, yesterday there were two separate train accidents in the Chicagoland area: one was a vehicle-train crash, the other was a pedestrian-train accident. Unfortunately, both train accidents were deadly. To speak with a top Chicago train accident lawyer, call Passen & Powell at (312) 527-4500 for a Free Consultation.
The news reports state that the vehicle-train collision occurred in Bensenvile at around 6:00 pm on Thursday. A Metra train crashed into an SUV that was stopped on tracks with a husband and wife inside. According to officials, as the train approached, the wife was able to get safely out of the vehicle, but the man was inside the SUV upon impact with the Metra train. The man was killed in the accident.
The second deadly train accident involving a pedestrian occurred in Lake Forest. An Amtrak train slammed into a pedestrian who was walking the tracks. It is unclear whether the pedestrian was crossing at a crosswalk, or was simply walking along the tracks at the time of impact. According to the Lake County coroner, the victim was a 49-year-old woman.
Due to the size, weight, speed, and number of passengers involved in railroad transportation, accidents involving trains can be catastrophic. Deadly train accidents may be caused by a number of factors including driver (conductor) error, product malfunctions or defects, or failure to follow appropriate policies or procedures. To speak with one of our Chicago train injury lawyers, call us at (312) 527-4500 for a Free Consultation.