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Motorist killed, pedestrian hurt in Metra crash

There are 29 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Feb 15, 2008, titled Motorist killed, pedestrian hurt in Metra crash. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

By Dan P. Blake Tribune reporter A motorist was killed Thursday night when he drove his vehicle around downed crossing gates in Des Plaines and was struck by a Metra train, police said.

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Robert A Brown Jr

Delray Beach, FL

#1 Feb 15, 2008
My father used to put down the gates in Maywood and told a story of a grocery store truck struck by a train...

Take this seriously folks: You can't argue with a train no matter how late you are or you will end up being late for your own funeral

If the gates are down don't cross or you can die and kill others
Darkwater

North Chicago, IL

#2 Feb 15, 2008
The driver was stupid, and got what he deserved. Hope the man that was injured sues the hell out of his estate!
just southern

United States

#3 Feb 15, 2008
Duh !!!! Idiots driving around the gates, playing 'russian roulette' with a fully loaded gun.
just southern

United States

#4 Feb 15, 2008
Give this one a Darwin award, he earned it.
On Film

Wilmette, IL

#5 Feb 15, 2008
With all the stinkin cameras we have these days, We see film of cars being destroyed by trains weekly. We really are becoming dumber as a Nation.
Cheap_shot

Schiller Park, IL

#6 Feb 15, 2008
Train 1...stoop driver 0.
He was born dumb and he died dumb.
Larry

Aurora, IL

#7 Feb 15, 2008
I wish that people see that getting around takes time. Make more time for it.
Heather

Chicago, IL

#8 Feb 15, 2008
What a stupid man. Totally deserved it.
TOM SLICK

Chicago, IL

#9 Feb 15, 2008
When you cannot wait for the train to pass, and go through the gates, be prepared to meet your maker. To the conductor and his family, and the injured bystander, I hope you make it through this. God speed.
Persnickety

United States

#10 Feb 15, 2008
Thanks for improving the gene pool.
how true

Chicago, IL

#11 Feb 15, 2008
Persnickety wrote:
Thanks for improving the gene pool.
As sad as it seem, your comment is correct. I feel bad for the injured man and the conductor of the train. They suffer now.
sowhat

Plainfield, IL

#12 Feb 15, 2008
Seems like a lot of people are engaged in suicide by train lately. As noted, hurts a passerby.
Mike B

Glenview, IL

#13 Feb 15, 2008
One less idiot on the road. I feel bad for the pedestrian and the conductor.
Done

Naperville, IL

#14 Feb 15, 2008
How sad, he couldn't wait 5 mins for the train. Were i work the train comes every 5 mins around 5 pm and i see all the time these car going under the gates because they can't wait.
LBL

Sacramento, CA

#15 Feb 15, 2008
This guy sounded like a real genius. He got what was coming to him. Poor victim.
curious

United States

#16 Feb 15, 2008
Will people never learn? Why would anyone go around a speeding train? My condolences to the family and friends left behind.
Depot Jim

United States

#17 Feb 15, 2008
People will just not learn. If the gates are down and a train is coming you have to wait If not the results of challenging a train can be deadly as in this case. Stupid drivers in a hurry.
Scared For My Children

Chicago, IL

#18 Feb 15, 2008
You have got to wonder if the majority of these so-called train vs. car "accidents" aren't actually deliberate. Thankfully the innocent bystander is going to be okay. As for the conductor ... I can only imagine.
Something To Think About

United States

#19 Feb 15, 2008
The fact of the matter is that what the guy did was unacceptible, it never should be done...BUT...why assume that it was simple impatience that led him around the down gates? Could it be possible that he had a family emergency to get to? Maybe he had a child at NIU? Maybe some other tragedy? If we knew that he went around the gates because he was just an impatient moron, fine, then let's crucify him, but let's learn a little more about the situation before we strangers rip apart another total stranger. One day, each one of us may be put in a similar situation that I described above. I honestly don't know how I might act if I absolutely HAD to be somewhere and I was stuck in some kind of traffic.
Terry

United States

#20 Feb 15, 2008
One less swimmer in the gene pool. Sorry fo rthe death, but if you cannot wait for a METRA train you are in sad shape.

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