Woman killed, at least 5 injured after CTA Yellow Line collides with vehicle

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SKOKIE, Ill. -- Service on CTA's Yellow Line was temporarily suspended Monday morning due to a deadly collision with a vehicle.

The collision happened shortly after 10 a.m. when a vehicle crossed the tracks at 7700 East Prairie Road in Skokie. Two women were traveling in the car. One was pronounced dead at the scene. The other passenger was taken to Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston.

A medical examiner identified the fatal victim as Blandina Hermez, 62, of Skokie.

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 say 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.

The investigation is ongoing.

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