Elderly Woman Dies In Metra Train AccidentJune 11th, 2010 - 6:48 pm ICT by GD
By Ranjan Bhaduri
In a recent incident an 86-year-old resident of the Riverdale community in Chicago died after a Metra train hit her.
The elderly woman, 86 years of age named Nina P. Neely was seen moving a wheelchair across the tracks on Wednesday. The Rock Island District train No. 529 struck her and she later died of injuries.
A Metra spokesman named Tom Miller said that the accident is truly unfortunate but it was not the fault of the Metra authorities. He further said that the railway crossing gates were shut at that time. The warning lights were activated and the train engineer sounded the siren a number of times to alert the elderly woman.
However, the tragedy could not be averted.
It has been found that the Metra train engineer had tried his level best to save the woman. The train was possibly in high speed and that explains why the engineer could not stop it from hitting the woman. He applied the emergency brakes when he saw her on the tracks even after honking loudly.
The woman was hit and she was taken thereafter to Christ Medical Center. There she died of her injuries. The Medical Examiner’s office at Cook County said that an autopsy was performed on her later. Given her age and the kind of injury she received it was quite natural.
The Metra spokespersons said that it was purely an accident. They are not sure if she was distracted and could not see the warning lights and hear the alarm.
The accident caused the train service to halt for some time but it returned to normalcy later.
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