There was a fatal accident this morning as a minivan was struck by a Metra train in Chicago’s Morgan Park neighborhood.
It is being reported that the driver of the minivan went around the lowered railroad crossing gates.
The driver has been identified as Tristian Hicks Williams, 26. She died at the accident scene. Her two sons were also injured during the accident, but are expected to recover.
The accident happened near 115th and Vincennes in Morgan Park at approximately 8:15 a.m.
The Chicago Fire Department says the family was trapped in the car after the accident.
According to Metra officials, the train was going full speed at the time of impact.
While it appears the gates and lights were functioning correctly, Metra has said they will review the signaling systems to confirm their proper operation.
Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources including the October 16 Chicago Tribune story titled “Grieving husband: Metra accident ‘took it all away’” as well as the October 16 ABC7News story titled “Mom killed, 2 children hurt in train, car accident.”
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