Two passengers successfully escaped their Toyota Camry this afternoon before being hit by a Metra train at the .
were called at 12:47 p.m. to the intersection, where a Metra passenger train hit the car while it was partially stopped on the tracks, Chief Ken Dunn said. Officials said they were unsure why the vehicle had stopped there.
"All I know is that somehow, someway, the car got onto those tracks," Dunn said. "The train attempted to stop; however, that was unsuccessful."
The engine caught the front, passenger-side corner of Camry, he said, and both passengers—a man and a woman—were unscathed. The man was taken to an area hospital for a checkup after saying he didn't feel well, Dunn said.
Paramedics stayed on scene for about an hour and a half checking on Metra passengers. All 30 of those riding the train were unharmed.
"They apparently knew there was going to be a crash so they prepared for it before the train hit," Dunn said.
None of the passengers were allowed off the train until shortly after 2 p.m., when it started moving again. Metra inspectors remained at the scene around 3:30 p.m. ensuring that the tracks were safe.