Authorities have publicly identified the 13-year-old boy and 75-year-old woman who died after the car they were traveling in drove through a gate and was struck by a Metra train in Ingleside.
Autopsies were performed Monday on Noah Kucinski, 13, of Lockport, and Patricia Shemberger, 75, of Antioch, according to the Lake County Coroner’s Office.
Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek said autopsy results confirm Kucinski and Shemberger died from blunt force injuries as a result of a crash.
The Fox Lake Fire Protection District and Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded around 12:15 p.m. Sunday to Wilson Road and West Larkin Lane in Ingleside.
Metra spokesperson Michael Gillis told Lake and McHenry County Scanner that outbound Metra train 2603 was traveling on the Milwaukee District North Line when it struck a car.
The crash was at the Wilson Road crossing just south of the Ingleside Metra station.
There were three occupants in the car. Shemberger and Kucinski were pronounced dead at the scene, Banek said.
Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli said a sheriff’s deputy, who was stopped facing northbound at the tracks, witnessed the crash.
A preliminary investigation shows the driver of a Hyundai Elantra, a 70-year-old Antioch man, was traveling southbound on Wilson Road.
The crossing’s warning lights and gates lowered prior to a westbound train crossing the roadway.
Covelli said the driver of the Hyundai did not slow and drove through the gate, directly in the path of the train.
The train struck the driver’s side of the Hyundai.
Shemberger, who was in the back seat of the Hyundai, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced deceased at the scene.
Kucinski, who was also in the back seat, was critically injured and pronounced deceased at the scene, Covelli said.
Firefighters had to extricate the male driver from the car because he was trapped.
The driver was then transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville with non-life-threatening injuries.
No one on the train was injured, Gillis said.
Train traffic was down for two or three hours Sunday afternoon before the tracks were cleared.
The crash remains under investigation by the Metra Police Department with assistance from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Technical Crash Investigations Team.