A car clipped the back of a CTA Brown Line train on Saturday afternoon after unsafely reportedly going around a grade-crossing gate outside of a North Side train station, according to police and CTA officials. Luckily, no people were injured.
Like the car-train accident this weekend, Chicago train safety has been an issue that has repeatedly gathered media attention in the recent months. Metra engineers have reported seeing pedestrians running around downed gates and vehicles stopped on the tracks on a daily occurrence. The number of wrongful deaths at Illinois rail crossings in the first few months of 2010 already got close to the number of deaths reported in all of 2009. Close calls are a near daily occurrence.
Still, many people refuse to wait for oncoming trains. For example, in Chicago, a train’s camera captured a family racing across a track. A woman carrying her one-year-old goddaughter did not make it. These types of preventable accidents are train engineers’ fears. The danger is especially high during rush hours and when road construction creates traffic and impatient drivers.
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