It has not even been a week since the Cook County accident attorneys blogged about the dangers of Chicago-area train crossings. Unfortunately, such accidents were in the news again recently after a Chicago teenage boy received serious personal injuries after being hit by a Metra commuter train on Chicago’s Northwest Side on Tuesday afternoon.
The Chicago Breaking News Center reported that the Chicago train injury accident occurred at roughly 3:00 in the afternoon on Tuesday afternoon as a group of teenagers ran across the tracks near the intersection of Northwest Highway and Nagle Avenue. While the other Chicago teenagers made it across the tracks safely, the 17 year-old teenage boy received serious injuries and was rushed to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois. The Cook County train injury accident occurred close (less than one-half of a mile) from Taft High School.
Disheartening reports reveal that Taft High School students “commonly” race across the railroad tracks at Northwest Highway at Nagle Avenue after the red light have already started flashing. The lights flash when the trains appear to be roughly a mile from the intersection. This particular railroad crossing recently topped a list of dangerous railroad crossings in the six-county Chicago region, according to data released from the Illinois Commerce Commission. This railroad crossing had five vehicle-train accidents between 2005 and 2009.
The Cook County injury attorneys at Levin & Perconti want to remind our readers to practice heightened safety at train crossings. The warning flashing lights exist for a reason – to signify that a train is approaching! Individuals cannot fight massive, moving steel machines. Please be patient at railroad crossings.
For more information on the Chicago injured teen, visit Chicago Breaking News Center.