Police: Man nearly hit by Metra train in Oak Lawn lucky to be alive
BY STEVE METSCH firstname.lastname@example.org February 3, 2014 2:04PM
Metra workers carry the cart of a person who on Monday was struck by a train at Kilbourn Avenue south of Southwest Highway in Oak Lawn. The train's direct impact was to the cart, according to Metra, but the person was taken to Christ Medical Center. The person's condition was not immediately known. | Steve Metsch~Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 5, 2014 6:14AM
A man who was pulling a cart of tin cans across railroad tracks in Oak Lawn is fortunate to be alive after a Metra train struck the cart Monday afternoon but missed hitting him, police said.
The man was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to Metra. His condition was not immediately available, but Metra spokeswoman Meg Reile said the cart took the direct impact of the collision.
Oak Lawn Police Division Chief Michael Kaufmann said the man was pulling the cart northbound across the tracks near Kilbourn Avenue and Southwest Highway when the train hit his cart.
“It pulled the cart about 100 yards down the tracks. The man was not hit but was pulled a few feet,” Kaufmann said.
The man appeared to be homeless, Kaufmann said, but he could not confirm that.
According to a witness, the man ignored the gates, which were down, and the warning bells, police said. The train also blew its horn to no avail, the witness told police.
Kaufmann said the man was fortunate to be alive.
The incident happened at 1:08 p.m., and the outbound Southwest Service train was out of service for 49 mintues, Metra spokeswoman Meg Reile said.
Contributing: Sun-Times Media Wire