Metra train hits 95-year-old bicyclist in Mount Prospect

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A 95-year-old bicyclist died this morning after being struck by a Metra train in Mount Prospect.

Reginald Gaetz, a resident of Mount Prospect, was pronounced at the scene.

The incident happened at about 7:50 a.m. on Train 626 on the Union Pacific Northwest Line leaving from Barrington.

The accident caused long delays for inbound and outbound trains.


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  • anne k

    Also this morning I was at the River Grove Metra Station waiting for the 9:28 a.m. inbound Milwaukee West Line. The gates came down for an outbound express train. 3 additional cars flew through the intersection while the gates were coming down. After the gates were down and the train was about 1/2 city block distance from the station, a southbound bicyclist went around the gates directly into the path of the train and was almost hit. Another second or two and he would have been. The man appeared to be in his 40's or 50's.
    Also, I do have a question that relates to the speed of the train as it is coming througn areas that are highly populated and come through heavily travelled streets. Why do the express trains come though at what appears to be maximums speeds? When travelling by car, most roads have reduced speeds through the town areas.

  • Charla

    They are EXPRESS trains. They do not slow down because nobody else is supposed to be on the tracks. Tickets should be issued to those going around gates.