70-Year-Old Woman Killed After Car Struck by CTA Train

A woman's car ended up on the Blue Line tracks near Mannheim and Interstate 190, police say

A 70-year-old woman was killed and three other people were injured Tuesday night after a car ended up on the CTA Blue Line tracks and was struck by a train, police said.

According to police, a car landed on the tracks near O’Hare International Airport and was struck by a Blue Line train just after 8:30 p.m.

Illinois State Police say that a preliminary investigation revealed that the car, a 2014 Ford SUV, was traveling on westbound Interstate 190 when the driver lost control and the vehicle rolled down an embankment. 

The SUV came to rest partially on the CTA Blue Line tracks, and a train struck the vehicle's front end. 

After the crash, four people were taken to local hospitals, including the driver of the car and three people that were on the train. 70-year-old Sara Giancola of Bartlett was identified as the driver, and she was later pronounced dead, according to authorities.

The conductor of the train, as well as two passengers, were taken to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. 

Blue Line service was temporarily suspended between O’Hare and Jefferson Park after the incident, but was restored around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. All lanes west of I-190 at River Road were shut down for approximately an hour while the crash was investigated. 

A CTA spokesman said there was no significant damage to the train involved in the incident.

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