Elderly Woman Struck, Killed By Metra Train In McHenry County

MCHENRY COUNTY, Ill. (CBS) — An elderly woman was killed by a Metra train overnight when she apparently got lost in McHenry County, began driving on the railroad tracks and then got out of her car and began walking along the tracks.

Metra spokeswoman Meg Reile said an outbound Metra Northwest Line train struck a woman at about 8:20 p.m. Sunday as it was about to arrive at the Harvard station in unincorporated McHenry County.

McHenry County Sheriff’s police said the woman – identified as Gloria Carla Jacobs, 86, of McHenry – was unfamiliar with the roadways and got lost.

For unknown reasons she drove onto the railroad tracks at the Brink Street crossing and continued to drive eastbound between two sets of tracks until her vehicle became stuck, police said.

Jacobs then got out of her car and continued to walk eastbound on the tracks. She was then struck by the Metra train, which was carrying about 120 passengers, according to the release.

It took several hours to remove Jacobs’ vehicle from the tracks, obtain a replacement locomotive engineer and repair an air hose on the engine, police said.

The sheriff’s office and McHenry County Coroner’s office are continuing to investigate.

(The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.)

  • Stupid Is As Stupid Does

    This should never happen. If you can’t see more than two feet in front of your face, then you should not be driving. Driving off of the roadway onto railroad tracks is almost inconceivable to most of us. Driving on railroad ties is extremely rough. Even a blind driver would know something is seriously wrong the second the tires started bouncing. In addition, walking down the center of the tracks is stupid enough, without keeping your eyes open for a train. Trains aren’t exactly quiet. I wonder if drugs or alcohol were involved here!!!

  • Mary

    To whom it may concern- Who are YOU to say anything of the sort “I wonder if drugs or alcohol were involved here!!!” ??? Honestly what kind of person has these thoughts when someones Mother, Sister, Grandmother,Godmother, etc. has just passed from a very VERY traumatic accident. Yes, ACCIDENT. Are you insane? I cannot grasp my mind around the words I am reading. You are entitled to an opinion obviously. But, you have NO right to pass any judgement OR accusations when YOU know nothing about the situation!!! I am so livid to read this. Not only are you disrespectful, you are the one who is “stupid is as stupid does”. Like honestly, what is wrong with you? Do you even realize that people are mourning for this 86 yr old woman!? YEAH, 86. So your comments are ridiculous, and I think you owe this family an apology. I am being an advocate for someone i consider another mother to me who was very close to this lady. And the fact that I had to watch her not only mourn, but have to notice your RUDE and inconsiderate opinion, has made me angry. You didn’t know her therefore, you need to be quiet. How on earth would you feel if your mother, grandmother or someone very dear to you, had just passed. Not only passed, but passed in a tragic ACCIDENT!!! and some random human being, “human being”, decided to give there two cents in the matter and you thought was very offensive and hurtful? how would you feel? So my opinion of you, is you are a very sad person. You have no heart and nobody cares what YOU think may or may not have happened. If this is what you wanted to do for a living, then maybe you should be a private investigator. You are a waste of a soul. Move on and take your negativity somewhere else. Like I said, you owe this family an apology. You should probably go see a psch cause Im pretty sure there is something wrong with your head.

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