As I was driving to Fox River Grove in mid-afternoon, a Crystal Lake Police Car was blocking Sands Road at Route 14.
On the way home, I drove from Route 14 to Sands Road via Smitana Raod, the one that cuts off 14 next to Country Gas.
Here’s what I saw:
Getting closer, here was the view:
From Sands Road, here is what was visible:
“Somebody walked in front of a train,” Metra Spokesman Tom Miller said.
It was the 709 train, which left Chicago at 1:30 Saturday afternoon.
The train was due at the Pingree Road Station at 3:48 in the afternoon. It left Cary five minutes earlier and had just crossed the Route 14 overpass.
A call to the Crystal Lake Police Department was referred to the Union Pacific Railroad.
UP Spokesman Mark Davis, out of Omaha, told me, “I wouldn’t have anything,” saying that local officials would release the information.
“We will provide peer support to the engineer and the train crew, if they need it.”
Crystal Lake’s most memorable “Death by Metra” occurred when Metra Executive Director Phil Pagano walked in front of the last train to Chicago from McHenry in May of 2009.
Given blanket coverage on Chicago electronic media, there were many copycat suicides in the following months.