The train was headed inbound to downtown Chicago when the accident occurred near Gary, Indiana. Thousands upon thousands of commuters live in Indiana and work in downtown Chicago, taking the Metra commuter rail system to bring them into the city. On Tuesday morning a train hit a car at a gate crossing and completely disrupted the rush hour.
According to local Chicago media reports, the train hit the car early on Tuesday morning, at about 5:30 a.m. The incident happened at the Three Oaks Road and Route 14 near Gary, Indiana. According to emergency officials, the initial reports were that there were no injuries reported.
Officials from Metra were already on the scene to investigate, along with local law enforcement and emergency medical officials. It was unclear, as of this morning, if the car was parked and abandoned on the tracks or if the driver got stuck and simply jumped out of the car before the collision.
The train was moving again by 6 a.m. However, the entire scheduled on the Union Pacific Northwest train line was now disrupted. The crossing at Three Oaks also remained closed as investigators continued to hunt for the driver and to figure out what happened.
Commuters who take the Union Pacific Northwest line were advised that there would be significant delays throughout the morning rush. Adjustments should be made their morning commute to accommodate those delays.