Metra train hits car on South Side
December 12, 2013 1:10PM
This is part of the aftermath of a train-car accident in the 8900 block of South Throop Street in Chicago on Thursday. | Steve Metsch~Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 14, 2014 1:01PM
The driver of a 2007 Lexus survived with only minor injuries after being hit Thursday by a Metra train on Chicago’s South Side.
Police said the car was hit by a Rock Island Line train about 12:30 p.m. in the 8900 block of Throop Street.
Just a few seconds earlier, the collision could have proven fatal, an officer at the crossing said.
Metra spokeswoman Meg Reille echoed that sentiment, saying “anytime you are hit by a train and not hurt, you are lucky.”
The driver was taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
The car is registered to couple in Addison, according to a spokesman for the secretary of state’s office. Neither police nor Reille could say whether the driver was a man or a woman.
Reille said the car was northbound, heading the wrong way on one-way Throop Street, when the commuter train struck it with a glancing blow, pushing the car into a pole that held warning lights and knocking the pole to the ground.
There is no gate on that side of the crossing because Throop is a one-way street heading south.
The train’s arrival at LaSalle Street Station downtown was delayed by 40 minutes she said.