Woman Dies After Tripping onto Railroad Tracks, Path of Metra Train in Elgin

A woman who was struck by a Metra train about 6:30 a.m. Thursday morning near Chicago Street and the Metra Milwaukee District West line tracks died Thursday afternoon.

Elgin police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 6:30 a.m. Thursday, November 16, 2017 to a report of a pedestrian struck by a Metra train.

The incident caused life-threatening injuries and major trauma to the victim’s legs when inbound Metra Milwaukee District West train No. 2210 struck the female pedestrian near the station in Elgin, 109 West Chicago Street, Elgin.

The woman was conscious and talking to paramedics before she was transported to Presence St. Joseph Hospital, where she was listed in critical condition in the Emergency Room. She was transferred by Flight for Life helicopter to Level I Trauma Center Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, where she died Thursday afternoon.

The woman was identified as Tawanda Williams, age 45, of Carpentersville.

A witness reported the woman got off of a Pace bus and was walking across the railroad tracks westbound on Chicago Street when she tripped. The witness was not aware if the gates were down or coming down when Williams tripped. The Pace Elgin Transportation Center is located on Chicago Street about 200 feet northwest of the Elgin Metra train station.

Elgin police officers were first on the scene, and administered first aid under the train until Elgin firefighter/paramedics arrived.

Chicago Street was closed between Route 31 and the Fox River during rescue and investigation.

Elgin police reported the gates were down when they arrived.

Train 2210 was due in Chicago at 7:35 a.m.

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