Metra Train Hits Minivan in Hinsdale, Police Arrest Driver for DUI


Two oncoming trains hit a minivan in Hinsdale at the Washington Street crossing.

Franciszek Chudzik, 72, made a left turn at the Washington Street crossing onto the third line of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe line that is used by Metra at about 5:42 p.m. Monday. Bystanders yelled for the man to get out of his 1996 Plymouth minivan, which he exited shortly before his unoccupied vehicle was hit by an eastbound Metra train. Thirty-five seconds later the minivan was hit again by a westbound Metra train. The second impact caused the minivan to burst into flames.


View Larger Map of Hinsdale railroad crossing where two Metra commuter trains hit a minivan.

Debris from the crash broke two windows at the Hinsdale Metra station, hit nearby automobiles and was strewn as far as Garfield Avenue.

Chudzik appeared to be intoxicated and was arrested for DUI with a blood alcohol content greater than .08. He was also charged with trespassing on railroad property.


Longer version from Hinsdale Police Squad Car 32.