More Tickets For Rail Crossing Offenders

Chicago and suburban police will ticket more rail crossing offenders as part of a global safety initiative

By Jaime Elich
|  Thursday, Jun 9, 2011  |  Updated 7:59 AM CDT
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June 3, 2011: Passengers describe two large bumps as the trains collided at a curve in the tracks Friday morning.

June 3, 2011: Passengers describe two large bumps as the trains collided at a curve in the tracks Friday morning.

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Commuters on a Metra train that collided with a cement-carrying truck on Friday morning feared the worst when they felt the impact and saw flames outside their windows.

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A collision between a train and a truck near the Cumberland station in Mount Prospect sent 28 people to the hospital and killed the truck driver.
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Chicago and suburban police will increase patrols at railroad crossings Thursday as part of a global safety effort.
 
Officers will issue more tickets to drivers and pedestrians who ignore rail crossing protections.

Forty-five countries are taking part in International Level Crossing Awareness Day aimed at preventing deaths and injuries at rail crossings.

The heightened enforcement will take place locally in Chicago, Bensenville, Elgin, Tinley Park, Oak Lawn, Mount Prospect, Des Plaines, Woodstock, Cary, Crystal Lake and Arlington Heights.

On May 14, a driver was killed when he violated the crossing gates and a speeding Metra train collided with his truck, derailing the train and injuring a number of passengers.

On Monday, Metra Union Pacific/West Line train No. 68 collided with a semi truck in West Chicago. The cause of the incident is not known.

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