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BNSF passenger killed during ‘devastating’ collision with semi in Clarendon Hills, Metra says – Chicago Tribune

A girl driving an inbound BNSF practice was killed Wednesday morning when the practice and a semitruck crashed, in accordance with a Metra spokeswoman.

The wreck was the second in the transit company’s historical past to contain a passenger fatality.

The girl’s identification and age weren’t being instantly launched and the DuPage County coroner’s office was known as to the scene, Metra spokeswoman Meg Thomas-Reile stated.

BNSF practice 1242, which had originated out of Downers Grove, collided with the semitruck about 8:10 a.m. at Prospect Avenue, killing the lady and injuring 4 others, together with two passengers, who had accidents that weren’t regarded as life-threatening.

A conductor and an engineer additionally suffered non-life-threatening accidents, Thomas-Reile stated.

Train 1242 had not been operating its regular schedule and was operating categorical to Union Station on the time, due to a mechanical failure that concerned one other practice.

“It was expressing … it wasn’t stopping at Clarendon Hills,” Thomas-Reile stated. “They were shuffling around some of the service I’m sure to catch up and get everything back to normal.”

There have been doubtless about 60 or fewer passengers on board, or about 10 per automotive, judging from experiences of runs earlier this week on the identical time.

“It’s devastating to all involved,” Thomas-Reile stated, including the one different time Metra had a fatality of a passenger in its historical past was in 2005.

On Sept. 17, 2005, about 8:35 a.m. a Rock Island inbound commuter practice derailed going by way of a ten mph swap at 69 mph, Thomas-Reile stated, including that two passenger have been killed and 46 others suffered accidents however have been launched the identical day.

A spokeswoman for the DuPage County coroner’s office stated they didn’t instantly have additional data.

The NTSB had taken over the investigation as of Wednesday afternoon and a service alert on Metra’s web site stated the BNSF Line could be suspended till additional discover. Customers might wish to think about using the Union Pacific West Line as a substitute.

Normally the BNSF Line brings practically 3,000 commuters downtown on workdays.

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