A man survived with only minor injuries after an Amtrak train, which had over 100 passengers, struck his car when he drove off the roadway in Wadsworth, police said.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Newport Fire Protection District responded around 8:50 p.m. Thursday to North McCarthy Road and Yorkhouse Road in Wadsworth for a car struck by a train.
Sheriff’s deputies arrived and located a Dodge Durango with serious damage, according to Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli.
A preliminary investigation shows an 80-year-old Waukegan man was driving westbound on Yorkhouse Road.
There is a curve in the roadway where Yorkhouse Road ends and it turns into McCarthy Road, Covelli said.
The driver did not properly negotiate the curve, drove off the roadway and got his vehicle stuck on the railroad tracks.
Covelli said an Amtrak train, which was carrying 101 passengers, was traveling northbound towards the Dodge very shortly after it got stuck on the tracks.
The train struck the front end of the Dodge on the driver’s side quarter panel, causing the Dodge to spin around.
The driver was in the vehicle when it was struck by the train. He sustained minor injuries.
“He is considered lucky to be alive, as if his vehicle had been on the tracks even inches more, the impact likely would have killed him,” Covelli said.
None of the passengers on the train were injured.
The driver of the Dodge was transported to Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan for treatment.
The incident was turned over to the Canadian Pacific Railroad Police.