Updated: Chicago Woman Killed in Metra Accident in La Grange

A Metra train headed toward Chicago struck a vehicle on the tracks Friday night near Stone Avenue Station in La Grange, killing a woman in her 50s from Chicago.

10 a.m.

La Grange police are not giving out much information this morning about an accident near Stone Avenue Station when a Metra work train struck a vehicle at the Gilbert Avenue Crossing just before 6 p.m. on Friday night.

Police did confirm this morning that the victim was a woman in her 50s from Chicago. The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting the victim's name is Maria Hinojosa, and that she was killed when the train struck her vehicle. She was pronounced dead on the scene by the Cook County Medical Examiners Office at about 6:30 p.m.

Police are still investigating why her vehicle was on the tracks. Metra officials said yesterday that the train would have been going at top speed when it struck the car—about 60 mph.

No passengers were on the train when the accident occurred, and Metra said no personel on the train were injured in the accident.

The accident caused numerous cancelations and hour an a half long delays for riders on trains traveling in both directions last night.

We'll update readers with more information as it becomes available, which La Grange police indicated would be on Monday.

12 a.m.

The Chicago Tribune is citing authorities who say a woman in her 50s was killed in an accident tonight when a Metra work train struck a vehicle near Stone Avenue Station.

8:30 p.m.

One person has been killed in an accident near Stone Avenue Station in La Grange tonight.

A Metra train headed toward Chicago struck a vehicle near the station around 6:30 p.m. The Chicago Tribune is reporting the person killed was either in or around the vehicle when it was struck. The train was traveling at nearly 60 mph when it hit the vehicle.

Trains are still stopped around Stone Avenue Station, with hour-long delays still expected.

Police have not yet issued any information about the victim.

6:45 P.m.

Metra trains running to and from Chicago were stopped this evening near Stone Avenue station because of an accident involving a train and a vehicle, La Grange Police said.

According to the Chicago Tribune, no passengers were on the train, only crew members.

The delay is unknown at this time, but trains are not operating past Stone Avenue station.

Check back for updates as we get more information.

Kent Frederick February 12, 2012 at 03:15 PM
There is a video, I believe at the Fairview Ave crossing, of a number of people (men and women) who crossed the tracks, while a commuter train was still stopped. One woman starts, then retreats back to the platform. Then, a couple starts across as the express train comes into view. He jumps out of the way, while the woman (who was his wife), wasn't so lucky.
Kent Frederick February 12, 2012 at 03:19 PM
I was in a similar situation. I was at an intesection next to a grade crossing. Right turns were on green arrow only, since the turn would put a vehicle onto the train tracks. When the light turned green, I didn't go, because there was no arrow. The teenage girl behind me starting honking. I kept pointing towards the sign. She pulled out, drove past me (while flipping me off), and made her right turn. Then, she came to a stop for the red light for the intersection on the other side of the tracks, with at least half of her car on the tracks. Fortunately, no train came through, and I hope she learned her lesson.
Ellin Wheelihan February 12, 2012 at 03:34 PM
My thought, too. What is unusual is the lack of news coverage on TV and in the newspaper. If the victim was the reporter, she was one very smart lady. I have seen her documentary on immigration. ...much too smart to be going around the gates or being careless. Her intentions were to preserve lives and the quality of life for minorities. Regardless, it is a huge loss for the people who loved her and a trauma for the engineer of the locomotive.
Ken W February 12, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Sad,my mother knew the victim.She worked a few blocks down from where the accident. My condolences.
jilldess February 13, 2012 at 07:00 PM
i keep trying to leave a comment,beginning to think im being censored!!!!!! this is the 3rd time trying to comment and yes im signed in dont expect to hear much more on this story as the suburban police depts and towns wish to sweep it under the rug. On feb 10 2010 i watched my car get smacked by the express train i was attempting to cross at Stough st Hinsdale, Due to Hinsdale poor response on snow clearing my car became stuck on the crossing ,NO I DID NOT GO AROUND GATES. i called hinsdale and asked them to notify bnsf/metra (so at least the engineer/crew would know car empty)but they didnt. THEN to top it all off even though the Hinsdale Police had the facts,they issued untrue information to the media They claimed i lost control of car,slid and hit a snowbank which caused me to end up on tracks.They also claimed that they had responded but couldnt get car off tracks..Well they DID NOT respond til AFTER THE CAR WAS HIT! and then to add insult to injury the also claimed i was 50.(which i am not).unbelievable how they could put out such lies to the media to protect their image as a village.


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