Witnesses: Car struck by train in Chicago drove past gates


Metra police and engineers work the scene where a train collided with a vehicle, killing three occupants, including a child, in the 10300 block of South Vincennes in the East Beverly neighborhood of Chicago, Sunday, June 27, 2021. (Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

CHICAGO, Ill. (AP) — Witnesses told investigators that a car in which three people were killed when it was struck by a Metra train in Chicago had pulled out of a row of stopped vehicles and was crossing the tracks when it was struck.

Metra spokesman Mike Gillis says the gates were working at the time of the Sunday crash. He also says the train was traveling at about 75 mph — about 4 mph slower than the speed limit for trains in the area.

Two adults and a child were pronounced dead at the scene and a 43-year-old man, who also was in the vehicle, was transported to an area hospital in good to fair condition.

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