3 Injured in Crash Between Metra Train, Car | NBC Chicago

3 Injured in Crash Between Metra Train, Car

A witness to the crash on the 7200 block of South Exchange Avenue said the driver of the car tried to go around the gates

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    A witness to the crash on the 7200 block of South Exchange Avenue said the driver of the car tried to go around the gates. NBC Chicago's Charlie Wojciechowski reports. (Published Friday, June 12, 2015)

    An adult and a baby were among three people injured Friday in a crash between a Metra train and a vehicle.

    A witness to the crash on the 7200 block of South Exchange Avenue said the driver of the car tried to go around the gates.

    "She was going northbound on Exchange and passed up another vehicle that was sitting here," said Gene Phillips. "At the last minute realized she couldn't beat the train. She tried to straighten up a little bit and the train side-swiped her and drug her up on the railroad line."

    A Chicago Fire Department spokesperson told NBC Chicago that the woman and baby were both transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where they were listed in critical condition. A man was taken in serious condition to Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center.

    "I think the baby was like 8 months old. And it was the grandmother that was driving the car," said "Chef" Sara Phillips. "She managed to get out of the front seat and move to the back of the seat where she could get the baby out."

    The train was cleared by 4:30 p.m., but the witnesses who live in the residential area said there are often problems with the busy Metra crossing.

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