Commuter Train Accident Outside Chicago Kills Two

Commuter Train Accident Outside Chicago Kills TwoTwo women, who were in their 80's, were killed and several others were injured when a commuter train derailed on Thursday, July 21, in an accident involving another car in a suburb of Chicago, the Chicago Tribune reports.

According to the news source, the accident happened on the Rock Island line, and delays were expected to continue into the morning of July 22. The inbound train struck a car that was at a rail crossing near the Oak Forest station, causing a 27 minute delay.

"At this time crews are completing work to allow for a normal service on the Rock Island line between Joliet and Chicago this morning," Metra posted on its website. "We anticipate that trains may incur minimal delays due to speed restrictions in the area where yesterday's accident occurred."

The train was carrying 89 passengers, seven of whom were taken to local hospitals after sustaining minor injuries.

The accident occurred at about 4 p.m. when the Metra train collided with the car at 167th Street and Central Avenue, pushing the vehicle hundreds of feet and causing the lead car of the seven-car train to derail, although it remained upright, the news provider stated.

Liz Marlow, a mother of two and passenger on the train that was headed to LaSalle Station, felt the crash, but thought that something had gone wrong with the engine.

"It was a big jolt and the train went off the track and there was just dust everywhere," Marlow told the media outlet. "You couldn’t even tell it was a car. It was not recognizable as a vehicle"

It has not been determined whether or not the safety systems, such as alarms and lights, were operational at the time of the crash, a Metra Spokeswoman said, according to the Tribune.