1 Dead, 1 Critical in Amtrak vs. Car Collision

Car went around train gates, authorities say

The death of a woman killed when the car she was in went around warning gates and was struck by an Amtrak train Thursday night has been ruled an accident.

Patrice Robinson, 20, of the 9900 block of South Perry Avenue, died following the crash at 97th Street and Eggleston Avenue, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

She was pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn at 7:29 p.m.

The car was struck by an Amtrak train when it went around downed train gates at 6:55 p.m., Fire Media Affairs spokesman Joe Roccasalva said.

An autopsy performed Friday revealed Robinson died of multiple injuries from a train striking a vehicle and her death was ruled an accident, the medical examiner’s office said.

Another man, whose age was not immediately known, was taken in critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Roccasalva said. There were no other injuries.

Amtrak Train No. 50 had 245 passengers when it departed Union Station at 5:58 p.m. on its way to New York, Amtrak spokeswoman Christina Leeds said. The train remained on the scene for at least two hours after the incident.

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