Woman Driving on Tracks Struck by Metra Train

According to investigators, the woman was lost and unfamiliar with the roads

By Alise Blunk
|  Monday, Oct 24, 2011  |  Updated 1:13 PM CDT
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Woman Driving on Tracks Struck by Metra Train

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An 86-year-old woman was struck and killed by a Metra train Sunday night after her car became stuck on the tracks.

Gloria C. Jacobs of McHenry was found at approximately 8:27 p.m. on the railroad tracks between Brink Street and Schultz Road, approximately a half-mile west of Schultz Road in unincorporated Harvard, said the McHenry County Sheriff's Office.

According to investigators, Jacobs was lost and unfamiliar with the roads and for unknown reasons she drove onto the railroad tracks at the Brink Street crossing. She continued to drive between the two sets of tracks until her vehicle became stuck.

Jacobs then got out of her car and walked eastbound on the tracks, police said. She was struck by a northwest bound Metra train headed for Harvard with 120 passengers, said the Sheriff's office.

It took several hours to remove the vehicle from the tracks and get the train running again, authorities said.

The McHenry County Sheriff's Office and the McHenry County Coroner's Office are continuing their investigation.
 

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