Dyer man, 66, dies one day after train struck vehicle

2012-12-10T17:34:00Z 2012-12-11T00:00:05Z Dyer man, 66, dies one day after train struck vehicleTimes Staff nwitimes.com
December 10, 2012 5:34 pm  • 

DYER | A 66-year-old man died a day after a freight train struck his vehicle south of Dyer, police said.

Albert Matthews, of Dyer, died Friday, said Patti Van Til, spokeswoman for the Lake County Sheriff's Department.

The cause of death is pending an investigation, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

Matthews was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn Thursday after a CSX train hit a Chrysler PT Cruiser Matthews was driving at the train crossing at 77th and Calumet avenues.

Matthews was the only occupant in the PT Cruiser.

The 110-car train was traveling north at 35 mph (the speed limit for that area) when the crash occurred, police said. The PT Cruiser was pushed about 50 to 60 feet after the impact.

The crossing does not have gates, but the engineer told investigators he sounded his horn. Police said all the lights, bells and horns were operating when the crash occurred.

Lake County police are investigating the crash.

The CSX train was carrying mixed freight from Avon, Ind., to Chicago.

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