1 Dead, 1 Missing After Being Hit by Metra Train in Joliet, Officials Say
At least one person was killed after being struck by a Metra Rock Island District train in suburban Joliet Wednesday, and the search is continuing for another person that authorities believe was also struck by the locomotive.
According to authorities, a group of four male teens were walking on a bridge over Hickory Creek near Joliet’s Pilcher Park after 7 p.m. Wednesday night when Metra train number 419 struck at least one of them. Two people in the group were not injured by the train, but a fourth remains missing, and authorities are continuing their search for the male teen.
The search is resuming Thursday after it was called off due to weather on Wednesday evening. Authorities are focusing on the area around Hickory Creek, saying there is a chance the teen was knocked into the water after being struck by the train. High waters in the creek, caused by recent rains, are hampering the search, which is being conducted with boats and drones, according to officials.
Metra spokesman Tom Miller told the Chicago Tribune the group was trespassing on the train tracks on the bridge, and were seen running from the train as it approached.
The agency is urging residents to stay off train tracks, warning that it is against the law to walk along or cross tracks outside of designated areas.