A woman in her late twenties died today as a result of injuries sustained when her car was hit by an Amtrak train. The woman had been trying to cross the track before the train arrived.
A witness, Sean Bennett, said he watched the woman’s red Pontiac Grand Prix round the corner at Bissell Avenue and Illinois Route 3 in Madison, Wisconsin, just a couple of hours from Gurnee. The car ducked under the descending crossing arm and was tossed into the air when the train struck.
Mr. Bennett approached the car and saw that the woman was alone in the car. She was obviously seriously hurt with what appeared to be a neck injury.
A helicopter arrived to transport the woman to the hospital but was sent away by emergency workers. She had apparently suffered further complications and was transported to Gateway Regional Medical Center by ambulance.
Marc Magliari, an Amtrak spokesman, said that the gates and lights at the crossing were working at the time of the Madison car crash.
The train consisted of four passenger cars and a dining car and was en route from Chicago to St. Louis. None of the 17 passengers were hurt. The train continued on to St. Louis after remaining on the scene for a couple of hours.
Madison County Coroner Stephen Nonn reported that the woman, a mother of three, had died. Her driver’s license stated that she lived in East St. Louis; her name is being withheld pending notification of her family.
We wish to express our deepest sympathies to those who are affected by this tragic event.