Jan. 15--The driver of a minivan that sources said went around downed crossing gates Tuesday morning in south suburban Robbins and was struck by a Metra train died early Wednesday, authorities said.
Emmanuel Allen, 42, was pronounced dead at 1:11 a.m. at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital after being injured near 139th Street and Utica Avenue about 11:20 a.m. Tuesday, officials said.
Metra spokesman Tom Miller said outbound Train No. 509, scheduled to arrive in Joliet at 11:51 a.m., hit a van at 139th Street in Robbins about 11:20 a.m. Tuesday.
Allen, who the medical examiner's office said lived in Chicago, was critically injured and trapped inside the minivan when the train, carrying about 30 passengers, hit him, said Robbins Fire Dept. Chief Donald Rush.
According to a source, the driver of the van went around lowered crossing gates but Rush could not confirm that.
Rush said it appeared the motorist was trying to go west on 139thStreet when the crash happened.
Rush did not know why the motorist was on the tracks at that crossing, which is equipped with gates and bells, and is about 500 feet from the Robbins station.
"All the signals were intact and working,'' Rush said.
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