EVANSTON, Ill. (CBS) – A man was killed when he missed a turn and drove his vehicle into an elevated railroad embankment Thursday morning in Evanston.
About 6:14 a.m., Evanston police responded to Oakton Street and Callan Avenue and found that a vehicle that was eastbound on Oakton failed to negotiate a turn and struck a railroad embankment.
At Callan Avenue, Oakton Street dead-ends into the railroad embankment upon which run both the Metra Union Pacific-North line and the Purple Line CTA ‘L.’
The 47-year-old motorist was driving at speed estimated to be higher than the posted speed limit, a release from police said.
The man was dead on the scene, according to a spokesman for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday.
The victim’s identity is being withheld pending next of kin notification, the release said. Evanston police said the victim was a Skokie resident, but the Medical Examiner’s office said he was from Evanston.
The investigation is being conducted by Evanston police and the North Regional Major Crime Task Force’s Major Crash Assistance Team.
The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.