Surveillance video released of deadly collision between Yellow Line, vehicle

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SKOKIE, Ill. -- Surveillance video has been released that shows a deadly collision back in April between a CTA Yellow Line train and a vehicle.

WARNING: Video may be considered graphic by some viewers. Discretion advised.

Shortly after 10 a.m. on April 4, a vehicle crossed the tracks at 7700 East Prairie Road in Skokie, Illinois, when it was struck by the train. Two women were traveling in the car. One victim, identified as Blandina Hermez, 62, of Skokie, was killed.

Four passengers on the train were transported to an area hospital with serious injuries. At least eight ambulances were called to the scene.

CTA told riders to use the #97 Skokie buses as an alternative to Yellow Line service after the crash. Shuttle buses were also made available.

Investigators said at the time that the railroad crossing gates were working at the time of the crash. Because the car was so badly mangled, once they arrived, rescue crews had a tough time getting to the victims.

CTA released the surveillance footage on Tuesday.

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