Update: Construction Confuses Train Collision Victim
Lake Forest man survives with minor injuries after turning onto rebuilt part of roadway.
(Update, 11 a.m. Wednesday) A Lake Forest man partially confused by construction at the intersection of Half Day and Waukegan Roads was the victim who escaped a collision with a northbound Metra Train Tuesday with minor injuries, according to the Lake County News-Sun .
Michael Bungert, 57, was driving his 2010 GMC Terrain southbound on Waukegan Road at approximately 7:30 a.m. Tuesday and attempted to make a right turn onto westbound Half Day Road, according to the News-Sun. The intersection is under heavy construction.
Bungert told Bannockburn police he turned in between two barrels where there was space for a car to proceed through, even though there was a solid white line. Once onto the newly cemented Half Day Road, Bungert began to drive over the Metra Milwaukee North Line railroad tracks and realized the cars already there were parked and belonged to construction workers.
Bungert tried to back up, but then the railroad's warning bells began to ring. He stopped, but with the Metra train in sight coming at him, he stomped on the accelerator. The rear of his vehicle was clipped, according to the article.
Bannockburn Police gave Bungert two tickets. He was transported to Highland Park Hospital where he was treated and released for minor injuries afar all of the vehicle’s air bags deployed.
(Earlier, Tuesday at 11 a.m.) A northbound Metra train struck a dark colored SUV slightly injuring the driver near the intersection of Waukegan and Half Day Roads at approximately 7:30 a.m. today, according a Metra spokesperson and witnesses on the scene.
Metra could not confirm the identity of the driver, who was the only person in the car, according to Metra spokesperson Tom Miller.
“One person was hospitalized with minor injuries,” Miller said. He did not know the person’s name or hometown.
The vehicle sustained more significant damage. “It looked pretty bad,” a witness who works in the area said. “I saw them take the car away.” He said there was an ambulance, police and fire vehicles.
The initial call came to the Deerfield Police, which receives calls for Bannockburn, according to a spokesperson for the department. After Bannockburn Police arrived, the matter was turned over to Metra Police.
In addition to the vehicle damage and minor injuries, the train was stopped for approximately 40 minutes during the investigation, according to Miller. “Several trains were delayed for up to 40 minutes in both directions,” he said.
By 8:40 the scene was clear according to a member of the construction crew which is a part of the ongoing road work at the intersection. “We got here at 8:40 and it was all cleared up,” he said.