CLARENDON HILLS, Ill. — One woman was killed and four people were injured after a Metra train struck a box truck in Clarendon Hills.
The accident involving Metra BNSF train No. 1242 happened around 8 a.m. Wednesday. According to Metra, the truck got stuck on the tracks and as the train was approaching, the driver jumped out of the truck.
A woman, who was a passenger on the train, was killed. Michael Gillis, director of communications at Metra said four other people were injured — a Metra engineer, conductor and two other passengers. Their injuries were minor. The truck driver was not injured.
“All of us at Metra and BNSF Railway are devastated by this death and we will be working with the NTSB to find out what happened,” Gillis said.
Both inbound and outbound train movement has been halted near Clarendon Hills. Extensive delays are expected, Metra said.
WGN’s Skycam9 was over the scene of the crash that showed the truck was totaled. The Metra train also had heavy damage to the side of the train with multiple windows destroyed.
Witness Denise Andrews was in traffic a few cars back and captured video showing the truck in flames.
“I looked over at the tracks and there looked like a big moving truck, and it was stopped,” she said. “‘Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding,’ the barrier comes down and it hits the top of the truck. At that point I knew it was on the tracks and I was like ‘oh my God.’”
At 3 p.m., Metra announced that outbound trains resumed at 3 p.m. Limited trains will run inbound Wednesday evening. However, no trains picked up customers at the Clarendon Hills station.
A friend of the victim described her as someone with a big family who was full of life.
Anyone who has video or who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call the National Transportation Safety Board at 202-320-3387.