Metra train kills at least 1 near Joliets Pilcher Park – The Herald-News

Metra train kills at least 1 near Joliet\s Pilcher Park - The Herald-News

Woman Killed On Metra Train Tracks In Tinley

A Metra commuter train struck and killed at least one individual Wednesday night in Joliet, as the engineer described kids appearing to try to outrun the train at the trestle bridge that goes over Hickory Creek in Pilcher Park.

The incident likely occurred about 7 p.m. Wednesday on the Metra Rock Island line bridge, Metra spokeswoman Meg Reile said.

Its not like this point has been a known trouble spot. Chicago has a lot of railroads, and so there are occasional incidents where kids are hanging out on the tracks. Its not frequent. Its not something that happens a lot, Metra spokesman Michael Gillis said. “This was a very traumatic experience for the engineer and the crew.”

Metra officials were alerted at 7:14 p.m. that train No. 419, which had left the LaSalle Street station at 5:40 p.m. and was scheduled to arrive at 6:52 p.m. in Joliet, had struck two pedestrians, Reile said.

Search Suspended For Teen Missing After Being Struck By Metra Train In Joliet

The train engineer told officials he saw three kids standing alongside the track before they began to run in front of the westbound train, like they could outrun it, Reile said.

Metra train kills at least 1 near Pilcher Park in Joliet

At that point, it was too late, Reile said. Stay off the tracks. This is completely preventable.

The creek is flowing rapidly because of all the rain the area has seen in recent weeks, creating dangerous conditions. Firefighters searched the woods, launched a drone and used cadaver dogs to find the missing person but came up empty handed.

The body of Jacob A. Manka, 17, of Mokena, soon was found. Will County Coroners Office officials pronounced him dead at 8:14 p.m., and an autopsy was scheduled for Thursday.

A Metra commuter train struck and killed at least one individual Wednesday night in Joliet, as the engineer described kids appearing to try to outrun the train at the trestle bridge that goes over Hickory Creek in Pilcher Park.

Metra officials believe a second individual might have been knocked off the bridge. Metra, Joliet police and Will County Sheriffs police, and Joliet fire crews searched Wednesday night until bad weather rolled into the area.

Police could be seen again Thursday morning speaking with a man in the area of Highland Park Drive and Route 30.

Metra officials believe a second individual might have been knocked off the bridge. Metra, Joliet police and Will County Sheriffs police, and Joliet fire crews searched Wednesday night until bad weather rolled into the area.

Firefighters were back at dawn searching Hickory Creek with rescue crews. They staged their equipment at the Ingalls Park A.C. parking lot, located at 20 N. Park Road.

The incident occurred at the trestle bridge over Hickory Creek near Pilcher Park, East Joliet Fire Chief Robert Scholtes said.

Inbound and outbound Metra train movement is halted near Joliet after a pedestrian was struck by a train.

Video: Search Resumes For Teen Missing After Metra Accident

About 100 firefighters were involved in the search, mostly water tech teams and divers, Scholtes said.

Inbound and outbound Metra train movement is halted near Joliet after a pedestrian was struck by a train.

Weve looked from the trestle bridge all the way to Briggs Street, Scholtes said about 11:30 a.m. Teams would move farther down the creek as the search continued.

The water is shallow but swift moving because of the heavy rains, so diving was not possible, Scholtes said. Water techs trained to work in rough water were in the creek and searching the banks while more help was on the way.

The water is shallow but swift moving because of the heavy rains, so diving was not possible, Scholtes said. Water techs trained to work in rough water were in the creek and searching the banks while more help was on the way.

Several fire departments were on the scene, including Joliet, and drones were being used to help in the search.

Metra officials believe a second individual might have been knocked off the bridge. Metra, Joliet police and Will County Sheriffs police, and Joliet fire crews searched Wednesday night until bad weather rolled into the area.

We are using drones to fly over the Hickory Creek area to try to find the individual, Joliet Fire Chief Joe Formhals said.

Metra officials were alerted at 7:14 p.m. that train No. 419, which had left the LaSalle Street station at 5:40 p.m. and was scheduled to arrive at 6:52 p.m. in Joliet, had struck two pedestrians, Reile said.

A spokesman for Metra, which is heading the search, noted water conditions made the search hazardous.

The creek is flowing very quickly now, so its very dangerous work, Metra spokesman Michael Gillis said.

Gillis said crews were sweeping several stretches of the creek at once, working their way downstream. He called it an interagency operation.

Inbound and outbound Metra train movement is halted near Joliet after a pedestrian was struck by a train.

Inbound and outbound Metra train movement is halted near Joliet after a pedestrian was struck by a train.


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