UPDATE: Park Ridge Police Managing Motor Vehicle Crash on the Union Pacific Northwest Line
Deputy Chief of Police
Park Ridge Police Department
May 2, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Park Ridge Police Manage a Motor Vehicle Crash on the Union Pacific Northwest Line, Chicago to Harvard/McHenry Metra Tracks
On May 1, 2012 at approximately 3:54 pm, the Park Ridge Police and Fire Departments responded to a motor vehicle crash in the area of Cedar Street and Cumberland Avenue. The vehicle traveled up the railroad embankment and came to a stop on the center of three train tracks. No report of injuries at this time. As of 4:30 pm, public safety crews were securing the scene and making preparations to remove the vehicle. All trains on the Union Pacific Northwest Line, Chicago to Harvard/McHenry Metra line are stopped. Passengers should be aware that train service will be delayed in both directions.
Update May 2, 2012
The Park Ridge Police are investigating the motor vehicle crash which occurred at Cedar Street and Cumberland Avenue on May 1, 2012. At this point, investigators have learned that, prior to the crash, a 2012 Lincoln, driven by a 66 year old Arlington Heights man, was traveling north on Cumberland Avenue from Touhy Avenue and was struck in the rear by a 2011 Chevrolet, driven by a 56 year old Skokie man, also traveling north on Cumberland Avenue from Touhy Avenue. The driver of the Chevrolet, apparently suffered from a medical condition and lost control of his vehicle. His vehicle then struck the rear of the Lincoln and pushed it off the roadway. The Chevrolet then continued up the railroad embankment and, ultimately, came to rest on the center of three railroad tracks. Both drivers were transported to Lutheran General Hospital with non-incapacitating injuries.
The location of the Chevrolet on the tracks forced an immediate cessation of all trains on the Union Pacific Northwest Line, Chicago to Harvard/McHenry Metra line. Passengers already on trains were required to wait until the car could be safely removed. Park Ridge Police and Fire Department coordinated with Metra officials and were able to remove the vehicle at approximately 4:54 pm. Trains began running again at that time. While a number of Metra customers were affected, the potential for delays due to this crash, and the ripple effect those delays would have had on commuters leaving work from downtown, was significant. Those delays were mitigated and the number of customers affected were lessened through the outstanding coordination of efforts between the Park Ridge Police and Fire Departments as well as Metra and the City’s towing vendor, A-1 of Niles, IL.