Sept 12, 2007 -
A Metro train and car collided on the South Side has now resulted in the death of the car's driver.
And it was all caught on surveillance video.
It happened on the South Side at 75th and Exchange, just blocks from Lake Michigan.
The video tape shows that both gates did go down ahead of the train crossing. Seconds later, a car is traveling southbound and hen makes a left turn, trying to head east but driving right into the path of the northbound Metra train.
After the devastating collision the car is show in the video finally stopping in the northeast corner of the intersection. Both the driver and his passenger were badly hurt.
The train's engineer could do nothing to avoid the collision.
From the time that car entered that crossing, the engineer would have had no time to stop that train.
Inspection on the site shows even when the gates are down, there is a gap between them, leaving plenty of room for a driver in the southbound lane of Exchange, to easily make a left turn across the tracks.
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