Dump Truck Driver Killed in Crash with Milwaukee District North Metra in Hainesville


A truck driver was killed after his vehicle was struck by a Metra train on the Milwaukee District North Metra line Monday morning in Hainesville — west of Grayslake and southeast of Round Lake. YouTube Tips ⓘ

Police from Grayslake/Hainesville, and firefighters and paramedics from Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District responded about 7:24 a.m. Monday, May 23, 2022 to a report of a train wreckage with a vehicle at Hainesville Road and Centre Drive south of Russo Power Equipment in Hainesville. Initially the crash was also reported at Belvidere Road at the Milwaukee District North Metra railroad crossing.

Battalion 26 on arrival reported a train crash with a semi-trailer truck at the Milwaukee District North Metra railroad crossing with Hainesville Road.

Firefighters and paramedics quickly assessed that the truck driver was fatally injured and that there was an injured train passenger inside the front passenger car. Two Metra locomotives were pushing the Metra train cars inbound toward Chicago (southeast) from the rear of the train.

Metra reported about 40 passengers were on the train at the time of the crash.

The truck driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The train passenger was transported in a Stokes basket in an all-terrain vehicle to an awaiting ambulance. The lead Metra car — also known as the cab car because it has controls to operate the rear locomotive(s) — was located south of Prairie View School — coming to a stop near the solar panels at least 1100 feet from the Hainseville Road crossing. The Metra cab car or lead car was derailed, but remained upright on the railroad tracks.

The wrecked semi-trailer dump truck was located about 100 feet east of the Hainesville Road grade crossing, just south of the Russo Power Equipment Company property.

According to a Google Street View image from June 2012, Hainesville Road is a narrow paved industrial road, and the grade crossing is controlled by a Railroad Crossing sign and a STOP sign with no gates or flashing lights.

View northbound on Hainesville Road at the Milwaukee District North Metra crossing showing the existing control devices on Monday, May 23, 2022 (Image capture June 2012 ©2022 Google)
View northbound on Hainesville Road at the Milwaukee District North Metra crossing showing the existing control devices on Monday, May 23, 2022 (Image capture June 2012 ©2022 Google).

Metra Train #2116 was the train involved in the crash. Metra service north of the crash scene, including Fox Lake, Ingleside, Long Lake, Round Lake and Grayslake was terminated for the morning rush hour. Some passenger service was being assisted by bus transport.

The first Tweet by Metra indicating that Metra #2116 was involved in a crash was posted at 7:13 a.m. (12:13:02 UTC). Fire dispatch recordings indicate that initial dispatch occurred about 7:24 a.m. The reason for the time discrepancy was initially unknown.

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Hainesville, Illinois is a village in Illinois with a population of about 3,500 people. Hainesville residents and businesses are protected by the Grayslake/Hainesville Police Department, and firefighters and paramedics from the Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District as well as the Grayslake Fire District.

Hainesville is located between the Round Lake Metra train station and the Grayslake Metra train station.

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