BARRINGTON HILLS – A 78-year-old Barrington man was taken to the hospital in critical condition after an incident involving a Metra train and car colliding near Barrington, police said.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident that took place Wednesday off Route 14 and Kelsey Road in Barrington Hills. It appears that the person was alone in the car, officials said.
The sheriff’s office was dispatched at 7:25 p.m. Wednesday after a report of the crash. The car, a 2009 Cadillac CTS, was heavily damaged when deputies arrived, Lake County Sheriff’s Sgt. Christopher Covelli said.
The crashed caused delays on the Union Pacific Northwest line for several hours Wednesday night.
Covelli said that the driver of the car was outside of the vehicle when the outbound train collided with the car. The victim was subsequently struck by his own car. The car had been about 100 feet southeast of the crossing when the train struck, which is not somewhere a vehicle should – or would – typically be, Covelli said.
In April, a pedestrian died after being struck by a train at the same intersection. In August, a freight train also struck and killed a pedestrian at the Route 14 crossing.
Illinois has the second-largest rail system of any state with more than 7,300 miles of railroad track and 10,363 public highway rail crossings. In 2015, there were 140 crossing collisions involving motor vehicles in Illinois, resulting in 79 injuries and 24 fatalities. Illinois also experienced 41 railroad-property trespassing incidents that resulted in 18 injuries and 23 fatalities, according to Metra's website.