Woman dead, father hurt when Amtrak train hits car

Dec 31, 2010

A car sits along the railroad tracks near 97th and Eggleston Avenue after it was struck Thursday by an Amtrak train.

 A 20-year-old woman was killed and a man was critically injured when the car they were in went around train gates and was struck by an Amtrak train on the South Side Thursday night.

Patrice Robinson, 20, died following the crash at 97th Street and Eggleston Avenue, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. She was pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn at 7:29 p.m.

The car was struck by an Amtrak train when it went around down train gates at 6:55 p.m. at the intersection of West 97th Street and South Eggleston Avenue, Fire Media Affairs spokesman Joe Roccasalva said.

One woman and one man, whose ages were not immediately known, were initially taken in critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Roccasalva said. There were no other injuries.

Amtrak Train No. 50 had 245 passengers and departed Union Station at 5:58 p.m. on its way to New York, Amtrak spokeswoman Christina Leeds said. The train remained on the scene for at least two hours after the incident.