One Dead In Metro East Crash, Metrolink Traffic Stalled

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EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (KTVI)- A fatal car accident shut down Highway 111 at Twin Lake Drive and the Metrolink tracks in East St. Louis Saturday.  The driver lost control of a stolen 1999 Chevy Malibu as he was heading southbound from Washington Park.  The car struck a  Metrolink gate support poll at a train crossing. 

The police investigation into the crash shut down the tracks and forced the transit company to shuttle passengers from the Emerson Park and Washington Park stations to the Fairview Heights Metrolink stop for several hours.  One of the two tracks was re-opened before five o'clock.

East St. Louis Police Chief Michael Floore said witnesses described the Malibu as traveling at a high rate of speed just before the crash.  Floore said police were  not chasing the car and driver at the time.

Authorities were still trying to identify the victim as of 8pm Saturday night.  The St. Clair County Coroner's office described the driver as an African American male with a tattooed cross covering his back; the letters "B O M" tattooed on his chest.  The words "LOVE MOM" were tattooed on his left arm and the name Candice on the left side of his neck.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the East St. Louis Police Department.