On December 18, 2022, at approximately 12:10 p.m., Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Wilson Road, just north of Larkin Lane, at the railroad tracks in Ingleside, for a car versus train traffic crash. A sheriff’s deputy, who was stopped facing northbound at the tracks when the collision occurred, witnessed the crash.
Preliminary investigation shows the driver of a Hyundai Elantra, a 70-year-old man of Unincorporated Antioch was traveling southbound on Wilson Road. The crossing’s warning lights and gates lowered prior to a westbound train crossing the roadway. The driver of the Hyundai did not slow, drove through the gate and directly in the path of the train. The train struck the driver’s side of the Hyundai.
A passenger in the back seat of the Hyundai, a 75-year-old woman of Unincorporated Antioch, was ejected from the vehicle and subsequently pronounced deceased at the scene. Another passenger in the back seat, a 13-year-old boy, was critically injured and subsequently pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver was transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville with non-life-threatening injuries.
The crash remains under investigation by Metra Police Department with assistance from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Technical Crash Investigations Team.