Man Killed When Metra Train Hits Car in Lake Forest

A driver was killed Saturday afternoon after the car he was in was struck by a Metra train in Lake Forest, officials said.

Milwaukee District-North Line train no. 2612 was traveling from Fox Lake to Chicago when it hit a car on the tracks around 1:30 p.m. near Old Mill Road, west of Illinois Route 43, said Metra spokesman Tom Miller.

The car was pushed approximately 100 yards south along the tracks, according to Deputy Chief Karl Walldorf.

The driver, a 35-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Police said witnesses at the scene said the sedan was eastbound driving toward that tracks on Old Mill Road when the warning lights and bells activated and the fate at the crossing lowered. The sedan then drove around the gate and continued eastbound, where it was struck by the train.

Trains 2612 and outbound 2607 remained stopped as of 3:45 p.m. and outbound trains headed to Fox Lake were turning around at Deerfield, according to Metra’s website.

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