Authorities say four people died in a southern Chicago suburb when an SUV hit the last carriage of a moving freight train at a railroad crossing and burst into flames
HARVEY, Ill. – Four people died early Wednesday in a southern suburb of Chicago when an SUV hit the last carriage of a moving freight train at a railroad crossing and burst into flames, officials said.
The Dodge Durango struck the CSX train around 2 a.m. at a railroad crossing on the east side of Harvey, a southern suburban community, killing all four occupants of the vehicle, said Jason Baumann, spokesman for the city of Harvey. .
Baumann said the bodies of the four people had been removed from the SUV and would be identified by the coroner.
CSX said in a statement that the vehicle carrying four people collided with the last car of a moving CSX train consisting of three locomotives and 47 cars.
“There were no injuries to the train crew. CSX sends its deepest condolences to everyone affected by this tragic incident, and we will work to support local law enforcement in their investigation,” said added the company statement.
He said emergency crews in Phoenix, a Cook County village just east of Harvey, were alerted by a passerby that a vehicle was on fire. He said it was unclear whether that person witnessed the crash or only saw the burning SUV after the impact.
Baumann said it was not immediately clear if or where the train had come to a stop after the collision, but when he arrived at the scene of the accident around 4 a.m. there was no at the crossing and CSX workers were replacing crossing gates at the scene.