Passenger ejected from train window in fatal accident in Clarendon Hills: Officials – NBC Chicago

A 72-year-old woman who died when a Metra train hit a truck in suburban Clarendon Hills on Wednesday was ejected from the train by the force of the impact, officials confirmed on Thursday.

During a press conference detailing the latest findings from the crash investigation, officials from the National Transportation Safety Board confirmed that Christina Lopez was thrown through a train window when she hit a truck that was on the tracks at an intersection on Wednesday morning.

At least four other people suffered minor injuries, including two passengers, a Metra employee and a train conductor, officials said.

At approximately 8:00 am on Wednesday, the Metra train of the BNSF line hit a moving truck on the tracks in Clarendon Hills.

The truck was thrown into the air by the force of the impact and ended up catching fire.

Authorities say they are still working to determine how fast the train was when it hit the truck. Officials say they believe the train was trying to slow down, but that if the train had been traveling close to its top speed of 70 miles per hour, it could have taken up to a mile to stop.

Authorities are analyzing footage captured by several residents who were nearby when the truck was hit. Authorities say two occupants of the truck managed to get out of the vehicle before the collision and were not injured.

It’s unclear why the truck was on the tracks, and NTSB officials say the detail is “one of the key questions” their investigation will seek to answer.

An investigation remains ongoing and train schedules are being changed as cleanup efforts continue at the site.

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