CHICAGO (AP) – Two adults and a child were killed after a Metra train struck their vehicle in Chicago on Sunday, officials said.
A northbound train into the city struck a vehicle just after 5 p.m. in the city’s far south and pushed it for half a mile before coming to a complete stop, Chicago firefighters told the Chicago Sun-Times.
The force of the impact partially derailed the front car of the train and the vehicle caught fire, according to Metra spokeswoman Meg Reile.
Two adults and a child in the vehicle were declared dead at the scene, according to firefighters. A 43-year-old man, also in the vehicle, was taken to hospital in good to fair condition.
The conductor and train engineer also reported injuries, although they were not considered life threatening, Reile said. She said 41 passengers on the train refused to receive medical treatment and were transported to another station so they could continue on their way to the city.
It was not immediately clear how fast the train was traveling at the time of the collision, although Reile said the speed limit for trains in this area is 79 mph.
âOur understanding at this point that everything was working as intended,â Reile said. “However, we will do – and this is normal operating procedure any time there is an incident involving a train, whether it is fatal or not – we do downloads and check the equipment to make sure it was functioning properly at the time. But we have no information at this time that our signals and doors were not working. “
No further information was immediately available. An investigation by Metra officials is underway.